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What is a Concussion

What is concussion? 

concussion graphic representation Also known as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells. Medical providers may describe a concussion as a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, the effects of a concussion can be serious.

What are considered Normal symptoms?

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Vertigo
  • Mood changes
  • Anxiety
  • Balance issues
  • Nausea
  • Motion sensitivity
  • Change in sleep pattern
  • Motor or sensory changes
  • Change in hearing
  • Appetite alteration
  • Fatigue
  • Memory deficits
  • Poor concentration

Concussion Facts

  • 20-15% don't resolve in 1-2 weeks
  • Up to 7.5% post concussion syndrome eminates from the neck
  • 15-24yr are the highest risk for concussion
  • Motor vehicle accidents have the highest concussion rate in adults
  • 90% of diagnosed concussions do not involve loss of consciousness
  • 33% of high school athletes who have a sports concussion report two or more in the same year
  • Symptoms can show up to 2 weeks after the injury
  • No single test to diagnose a concussion
  • Having one concussion makes you more susceptable for another
  • According to the World Health Organization, traumatic brain injury will surpass many diseases as the major cause of death and disability by the year 2020.