Did you know . . .
- an estimated 1.6 – 3.8 million sports and recreation-related concussions occur in the U.S. each year,
- an estimated 5.3 million Americans live with a traumatic brain injury-related disability (CDC),
- most concussions occur without losing consciousness,
- actually, a loss of consciousness happens in only about 10% of concussion cases.
A concussion is a brain injury that results in a temporary or some instances, lasting disruption of normal brain function. A concussion occurs when the brain is violently rocked back and forth or twisted inside the skull as a result of a blow to the head or body.
Concussion symptoms may last from a few days to several months. Some may never go away. Concussions can cause symptoms that interfere with work, school, and one’s social life.
Symptoms of concussions:
- balance problems
- loss of consciousness
- memory loss
- vision change
- hearing impairment
- mood change
- decreased attention
- loss of energy
Leading causes of concussions:
- motor vehicle-related injuries
- unintentionally being struck by or against an obstacle
What you need to know about concussions:
- Many people think of a concussion as a sudden, one-time traumatic event, however, a concussion is due to a series of metabolic (biochemical) changes in the brain that are set off by the traumatic event.
- Some people will have obvious symptoms, such as passing out or forgetting what happened prior to the injury. But others will show no signs at all.
- Falls are the leading cause of non-sports related concussions.
- Repeated concussions or a severe concussion may lead to long-lasting problems with movement, learning, or speaking.
- Reports show an increasing number of retired NFL players who have suffered concussions have developed memory or cognitive issues, such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, depression and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
- Never return to play or vigorous activity while signs or symptoms of a concussion are present.
- Rest is essential after a concussion because it helps the brain to heal.
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