A concussion is a traumatic brain injury caused by
mechanical forces, a direct blow to the head, face or neck, or
an indirect blow somewhere else on the body.

 

  • – A concussion results in immediate chemical changes within the nerve cells of the brain causing short-lived impairment of functioning.
  • – Most concussions in young athletes resolve without treatment over days or weeks
  • – Sometimes recovery can take weeks or months
  • – There is NO set recovery time
  • – Accurate medical documentation of concussion recovery is important
  • – Children’s medical records need an accurate history of any concussions sustained
  • – Most concussions do NOT involve loss of consciousness
  • – Many concussions are misdiagnosed or NOT diagnosed
  • – Concussions do NOT show up on CT or MRI scan
  • – There is a cumulative effect of multiple concussions
  • – The brain requires adequate time to heal
  • – The risk of second impact syndrome is real

 

Concussions are NOT exclusive to the playing field!