Concussions

What is a concussion?


Other terms for concussion include "head injury" and "mild traumatic brain injury". A concussion usually caused by a sudden blow or jolt to the head that disrupts normal brain functioning. Common causes of a concussion are car or ATV crashes, falls from bikes and skateboards, and accidents while playing sports. After a concussion, less than 10% of children lose consciousness or are "knocked out" for a short time. A child can have a concussion without losing consciousness and even what seems to be a mild bump to the head can be serious. Most children don't feel well for a while after a concussion but recover quickly on their own. However, every child is different and some children take longer to get better than others. Proper response to a concussion can prevent further injury and help with recovery.

Resources


More guidelines for Parents and Caregivers, signs and symptoms and a Post-Concussion Gradual Return to School Guide, & Activity Suggestions for 
Recovery Stages After Concussion:


When your child's symptoms are not going away you may need to take them to a concussion specialist. Usually impact testing in conducted, that allows them to gauge your child's ability to perform certain tasks.

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Lisa Borges,
Apr 22, 2015, 3:54 PM