What is a Concussion?
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 permanent damage. Symptoms can begin right away or a few days after the concussion.
Why is concussion so dangerous?
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.
What causes a concussion?
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.
How is concussion diagnosed?
Common symptoms can begin immediately or after a few days. A formal diagnosis requires a thorough evaluation by a qualified doctor and a complete physical exam.
Know when to get help.
If you or someone you know experiences any of the following after a blow to the head, body or whiplash injury get help immediately.
- Headache, nausea or vomiting
- Balance problems or dizziness
- Significant drowsiness
- Unusual sensitivity to light or noise
- Vision changes
- Neck pain
- Confusion or difficulty concentrating
- Sudden memory problems
- Repeating the same words or phrases
- Feeling “in a fog”
- Loss of consciousness
- Personality changes
- Increased irritability
- Seizure activity
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