Concussions are Common: Here’s what you need to know

Every year, there are approximately 3.8 million concussions sustained by Americans of all ages. These mild traumatic brain injuries still remain one of the toughest conditions to identify and diagnose. However, despite the difficulty of recognizing an injury you cannot see, it is essential to learn the common causes and signs of concussions; delaying treatment may mean delaying recovery.

What is a concussion?

A concussion occurs when a jolt, blow or force to the head causes the brain to rapidly shift and make contact with the skull. A common misconception about concussions is the belief they only occur in athletes participating in contact sports; but that is simply not the case.

Although sports related concussions do make up the majority of these types of head injuries, they are not exclusive to certain age groups, activities or severity of the impact—concussions can happen to anyone. Everyday activities can lead to a concussion; falls, motor vehicle accidents and even trampoline injuries can all cause mild traumatic brain injuries.

What are the signs of a concussion?

Concussion symptoms can be wide ranging and hard to recognize, especially because symptoms may appear immediately or they may appear hours later. Concussions can cause both physical and cognitive symptoms; these are some the most common symptoms to take note of:

  • Confusion surrounding the traumatic event
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Delayed response to questions
  • Appearing dazed
  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Difficulty Concentrating 
  • Memory Loss
  • Irritability and other personality changes
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Changes in sleep

If you or someone you know notices any of these symptoms after experiencing an impact to the head, do not try to make a diagnosis on your own, visit a medical professional with concussion expertise. The team at the Concussion Institute will evaluate individuals with concussions and create a personalized management plan that will return them to the field and to their daily lives—in the classroom or workplace—in the safest and most expedited manner possible. With an injury like a concussion, it can be confusing and overwhelming to treat on your own, at the Concussion Institute we will help you to better understand the healing process and what to expect.


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