Concussions On The Farm

Football is a heavy contact sport, and so is farming. Both can give you a concussion from a blow to the head. Concussions are a mild form of traumatic brain injury, and due to the nature of the work, farmers are at a high risk.

Kent McGuire is an ag safety and health coordinator at the Ohio State University. He says slips, trips, and falls are common causes, as well as other farm activities.

"Working with livestock, working with heavy tools or equipment, working in tight spaces or under raised equipment," says McGuire. "And, a lot of times people don’t think about this, working in low-light visibility environments where you have a blow to the head, or you hit your head because you don’t realize or see an object in front of you."

Most concussions occur without losing consciousness. Signs of a concussion include headache, dizziness, blurry vision, and confusion. They can show up right away or even days or weeks later so be sure to get medical attention right away to help prevent any further injury.

The best way to avoid a concussion is to monitor any hazards that could cause head trauma.

"If you can, avoid working on equipment that’s raised above you or has loose parts or tools that are positioned directly above you," he says. "Stay clear of where materials or debris may be projected, or even thrown."

A person who has suffered a concussion needs time to heal the brain. If there’s another blow to the head before it’s completely healed, a second concussion is likely and increases the chances of long-term problems.

Learn more about concussions and how to prevent them