Rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in North America with a high level of participation right here in Boulder Colorado. In fact, the USA rugby headquarters is right in our backyard in Lafayette. When people hear about concussions the first sport that comes to mind is football, however, there is a high incidence of concussions amongst rugby players largely due to high collision rates with no
helmet protection. Rugby players wear mouth-guards which offers slight shock absorption but still players are at a high risk of getting a concussion, accounting for 25% of all rugby related injuries.
One of the largest focus’ in research right now is head trauma and how it affects the brain and spinal cord. Some symptoms of a concussion include dizziness, migraines, vertigo, brain fog and mood changes. These symptoms decrease over time but all too commonly rugby players return to play before the symptoms fully dissipate which leaves them at an even greater risk of having another concussion with th
e effects more serious than the last. More than that though repetitive head trauma early on in life can have drastic effects on the brain later on in life such as memory loss, personality changes, depression, and difficulty concentrating to name a few.
After playing rugby for several years myself I have had many blows to the head. On one occasion while playing rugby in Chiropractic college I remember my head hitting the ground so hard that I was almost knocked unconscious, but I gathered myself for a few seconds, and continued to play not thinking much of it and I never got checked. Later on after the game I had a massive headache, sensitivity to light and I felt nauseous all which are key signs of a concussion. I’ve had other smaller instances of being elbowed and kicked in the head which just comes with the territory of playing rugby. I was very fortunate to have been introduced to upper cervical specific care while in school and I know that it is because I got my nervous system checked that I recovered faster from those sometimes small and sometimes large blows to the head. It allowed me to continue doing what I love to do; play rugby at a high intensity.
If you have had a major head trauma don’t you think it would be a wise idea to get your brain and nervous system checked? In our office we use objective measures to determine if your nervous system and brain are functioning properly. We cannot stress the importance of getting this checked if you have had any kind of head trauma, sports related or not, in the past. Our goal is to improve the imbalance in your system so that you do not suffer the consequences of repetitive head trauma later on in life. Hope is here! Schedule an appointment to get checked and begin your journey back towards health.