A Concussion is a Brain Injury!
Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a blow or jolt to the head. The injury can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way a brain normally works.
An athlete does not need to lose consciousness to sustain a concussion. You cannot see a concussion but you might notice some of the symptoms right away. Other symptoms can show up days or weeks after the injury. It is best to see a health care professional if you think you might have a concussion. An undiagnosed concussion can affect your abilities at school or work and in everyday activities.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CONCUSSIONS:
- Nausea (feeling that you might vomit)
- Dizziness or balance problems
- Double or fuzzy vision
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Feeling sluggish or tired
- Feeling groggy or foggy
- Trouble concentrating
- Trouble remembering
The presence of one or more of these symptoms are only signs that you may have had a concussion. But it is not a definitive sign that you have experienced a concussion.
IF YOU’VE HAD A CONCUSSION
- Never ignore a bump to the head.
- Tell your coach or teammates.
- Ask to be taken out of the game.
- Pay attention to physical changes.
- Watch out for thinking problems.
- Talk to your parents or teachers about the troubles you’re having.
- See a health care professional.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Return to practice and play only after your brain is healed and your health care professional says it’s okay.