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Photo by Markys Spiske (Unsplash)

Serious head injuries in university sports happen more often than you would think and not only could affect your academic abilities but your overall health. According to Complete Concussion Managements collection of data, the highest risk sports for head injury in University and College is men’s rugby, football, hockey and soccer as well as women’s hockey and soccer.

The collection of data states notes that “the numbers for concussion incidence rate are typically shown as X per 1,000 AE (Athletic Exposure). This means that there are “X” number or a certain number of injuries for every 1,000 times one athlete plays in one practice or game.”

This means that the more players in a game, the higher the ratio of X is to the 1000 AE. For example, if you have 50 players in a game the ratio of X would be 50 to the 1000AE. This would mean that in 20 games a head injury is likely to occur if it was a 1/1000AE risk exposure.

In considering head injuries in college and university sports, a men’s rugby match is the most dangerous game. The average injury rate is 3 head injuries per 1000 matches or times playing (3/1000AE).

Men’s contact football has the second highest injury rate in 2.5/1000AE, followed by women’s hockey at 2.27/1000 AE, men’s hockey at 1.63/1000AE, women’s soccer at 1.48/1000AE and men’s soccer at 1.07/1000AE.

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Some of these numbers can be confusing, but the point of this is to explain how common head injuries are in university sports. Though injuries are not always preventable its important to educate coaches and players on the seriousness of these types of injuries and remove players from games who have any symptoms of head injury.

Common symptoms of head injury include: headache, nausea, vomiting, ringing in the ears, dizziness, blurred vision, light sensitivity, slurred speech, convulsions, loss of consciousness, drowsiness, confusion, fatigue, problems with concentration, memory problems, behavioural mood changes and sleep problems.

The most important thing in healing from a concussion is to get adequate rest and to give the brain time to heal.