Head injury and concussion in sport

Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury which occurs after sustaining an injury to the head through an object forcefully coming into contact with the head. Concussion can frequently occur in sports such as Skiing, Cycling, Rugby, Football or American Football.

Studies to monitor and investigate the affects of concussion on the individual sports person and to understand its impact are currently being undertaken, alongside redeveloping the guidelines around how concussion is treated when it occurs through sporting activity.

These studies take place in partnership with major sporting bodies such as the Sport and Recreation Alliance , charities such as Headway and the British Government.

Specialist Concussion Clinic

In collaboration with the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Rugby Football Union and Football Association, The Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH) has established a service to aid elite and recreational athletes with issues problems after concussion. 

Emilie's concussion story

A champion skier and avid student at the Apex2100 International Ski Academy, Emilie is no stranger to suffering for her passions. She has suffered several bumps and scrapes and seriously injured her knee.

None of those, though, compare to the approximately six months she was suffering with a concussion that was so serious she had to stay back a year in school because of the symptoms.

Emilie discusses her experience of being diagnosed with concussion and her journey back to the sport she loves.

Listen to our concussion podcast

There’s no denying the increased dangers of injury when participating in contact sports. This is true of concussions - which guest, former England rugby union star, Kyran Bracken can testify to.

Talking to Kyran and Dr Richard Sylvester we discover you don't have to be “knocked out” to be concussed. And if you do ever experience dizziness or blurred vision, after a bang on the head, see a doctor as soon as you can.
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