What is a concussion and why is it such big news?

Posted on May 27, 2015, by

Basically, a concussion is a brain injury that changes how the brain normally works. A person can get a concussion from a direct hit to the head or an indirect jolt to the body. Even a minor hit can be serious. Concussions are common injuries in contact sports like football, hockey, soccer and basketball. They can also occur during non-contact sports like skiing and snowboarding. Concussions are not always identified immediately so it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of head injuries.

Symptoms of Concussion

  • Person appears dazed or confused
  • Forgetful
  • Moves clumsily
  • Difficulty answering simple questions
  • Seems more emotional (sadness, irritability, nervousness)
  • Can’t recall events before or after the hit or injury

Symptoms that athletes may report:

  • Headaches
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering (especially in school)
  • Trouble falling or staying asleep
  • Feeling slowed down or mentally “foggy”