Most people know the bare minimum about head and brain injuries. However, myth often ends up conflated with fact when it comes to these injuries.
What are the most common incorrect but still widely believed myths about head injuries?
A person with a brain injury cannot fall asleep
The Brain Injury Association of America discusses myths associated with head injuries. One of the big ones involves the myth that a person with a concussion should get woken up if they begin to fall asleep because they could die in their sleep.
Not only is this false, but it is actively detrimental. Rest is crucial for recovery of any injury, but especially injury to the brain. Immediate medical attention is crucial, of course, but a victim should have all the space and time to rest that they need.
Concussions are not serious
Though most concussions are not life-threatening and thus classified medically as “mild”, this does not mean they have no serious repercussions. In fact, many concussion sufferers will have to struggle through the aftermath for months, weeks or years. Some impacts even last a lifetime.
Only athletes get concussed
Though athletes have higher rates of concussion due to the number of head injuries they get, anyone can end up taking a blow to the head. The strength, speed and power of the blow determine whether or not someone gets concussed, not if that person is an athlete.
Recovery is predictable
Recovery looks different for everyone. It is not even possible to predict the course of healing between two individuals who received a similar injury in a similar location. Telling a victim that they should know what to expect is incorrect and actively harmful, along with other items on this list.