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!