#Concussion is the event. #TBI is the result.

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.

Broken Brain - Brilliant Mind

concussion-event-tbi-effect 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.

Here’s my update to the Wikipedia infographic explaining concussion (click if you want to see the original)


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Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

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