Cycling accidents are one of the most common causes of concussion. Awareness of issues around concussion is on the rise, and there’s been significant change in recent years, with the UCI introducing the first concussion protocol for cycling in 2020.
Here, we look at what you need to know about concussion, what to do in the event of a head injury and the bigger picture in cycling. What is concussion?
We spoke to Headway , a UK-based brain injury charity, which aims to raise awareness of, and provide education around, head injuries. We asked them to define exactly what is meant by concussion.
Luke Griggs, deputy chief executive of Headway, explains that “a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a hit to the body.
“The effect of the brain moving rapidly within the skull can cause damage to brain cells or tissue.”
Ultimately, concussion is a change in how the brain functions, which happens because the brain is made up of delicate tissue – less resistant to physical forces than much of our bodies.
The brain sits suspended in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which acts as a shock absorber. However, given enough force, it can collide with the skull, or rotate and stretch – causing it damage. Myth-busting the common misconceptions Concussion is commonly associated with direct trauma to the head, but it’s not quite so simple.Any force to the body can also cause a concussion, and while there […]