Is That Bump a Big Deal? Concussions Explained


What is a Concussion?

A concussion is considered a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI or mTBI) that occurs when the brain experiences a sudden movement or impact within the skull. 

It can result from a blow to the head, a violent shaking of the head and upper body, or a forceful impact that causes the brain to jolt within the skull. While concussions are often associated with sports-related activities, they can also occur in various other situations, such as car accidents, falls, or physical altercations.

What may surprise you to know is that a person does not need to lose consciousness in order to have sustained a concussion.

Concussion Signs and Symptoms

Understanding the signs and symptoms of a concussion is essential for diagnosis and appropriate management. Common symptoms may include:

  • Headache or pressure in the head
  • Dizziness or loss of balance
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Confusion or feeling dazed
  • Memory problems
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Changes in mood or behavior
  • Sleep disturbances

It’s important to note that symptoms may not always be immediately apparent and can develop over time. It’s also important to note that not everyone will experience these same symptoms. The ones listed just happen to be some of the most common complaints reported post-concussion, but each person’s experience is unique.  

If you suspect you’ve sustained a concussion, seeking medical attention for a comprehensive evaluation is essential – as soon as possible.

According to CDC estimates, 1.6-3.8 m sports and recreation-related concussions occur each year in the U.S. 10% of all contact sport athletes sustain concussions yearly. Brain injuries cause more deaths than any other sports injury.

We would like to thank Kelly for sharing this educational story with us. 

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