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What to do after a hard longboard fall?

Asked by hlefox (12 points ) July 27th, 2014

Hey!

So I’ve been longboarding for a while and never fallen badly, until yesterday. I was going down a big hill I thought I could take, started wobbling, bailed and bit it on the concrete. I rolled a bit but mostly slid, so I scraped up my right side pretty badly. My head only has a small small small bump, so I don’t think i got a concussion. It didn’t hurt that much at the time, I wasn’t even that shaken. However, today, my left side and all my joints are /killing/ me. Every time I bend over I get dizzy and sometimes tunnel vision, and I have a splitting headache in the back of my skull when standing.

Does this sound serious and do you think I have a concussion or just typical trauma from a bad fall? Do you know how long the soreness will stay? Is there anything I should be doing right now to get better? It’s only been a day, so half of me feels it will get better tomorrow, but if any else has had a similar situation, lemme know.

Sorry it’s a big question, and thanks for any help you can offer!

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9 Answers

janbb's avatar

Time to see a doctor.

hearkat's avatar

Urgent Care or ER, STAT!

Changes in vision, dizziness and headache are not something to wait and see about.

johnpowell's avatar

I skateboarded for 20+ years and have taken many nasty falls. The aches and pains are normal. Dizzy and tunnel vision is not. You should see a doctor as soon as you can.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

Get someone to take you to the ER

dxs's avatar

Let us know how it goes!

Buttonstc's avatar

I’ll add my vote to those urging you to go to ER ASAP.

If you’re still undecided, spend a few mins. Googling what happened to Liam Neeson’s wife, Natasha Richardson after a small bump on the head from a fall while skiing. And she landed on snow rather than concrete.

You need to get your head checked out. Now.

1TubeGuru's avatar

I would get checked by a doctor. i have been a skater since 1975. if a hill is really steep and fast tighten your trucks and crouch to lower your center of gravity. wear a helmet and leather gloves at a minimum.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

How is your balance, any signs of nausea, dizziness, etc.? If you are having headaches it points to a concussion. And I’m coming off a motherfucker of a concussion a year ago. My balance is still messed up.

hlefox's avatar

Hello all!

Thank you for your help—I did not end up going to the doc because 2 days later but seems to be 100% better. If it /was/ a concussion, it must have been extremely mild. I’ll keep monitoring it though, and if it gets worse at all I will go straight to the doc. Again, thanks for everything!

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