I still don’t understand why we confuse the two. It seems clear to me that concussion is the event. Traumatic brain injury is what happens after the brain is concussed. Still makes a lot of sense to me.
Concussion is the Event. TBI is the Effect.
Someone mentioned the other day on Twitter that we need to stop calling concussions “concussions” and start calling them what they are – traumatic brain injuries.
It totally makes sense. Our terminology has gotten really skewed, I suspect because anything relating to the brain and injuring it … well, it freaks people out, and they stop listening.
So, if you want to educate a skittish public, you have to find a word they can relate to. I’ve done it myself.
But I think it’s time to stop.
Because our terminology is flawed. And because words affect how we think about things, we really can’t think about this problem properly, until we really understand what we’re discussing.
This explains it more clearly to me — a…
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