A concussion is a traumatic brain injury. It doesn’t matter if you’re an athlete or not; if untreated, a concussion can result in serious, sometimes prolonged symptoms. Symptoms can begin right away or a few days after the concussion. The experts at Rochester Regional Health's Concussion Program answered some of the most frequently asked questions about concussion below.
A concussion can cause significant impairment without the person losing consciousness. If a second concussion occurs before the first one has passed, serious or permanent cognitive, behavioral and physical changes can occur.
Concussions can be caused by a blow to the head or a sudden acceleration/deceleration event. Any athlete in any sport can be at risk of a concussion. Concussions can also occur from falls, MVA.
Common symptoms can begin immediately or after a few days. A formal diagnosis requires a thorough evaluation by a doctor experienced in concussion.
If you or someone you know experiences any of the following after a blow to the head, body or whiplash injury get help immediately: