A concussion is a brain injury that results in a temporary or in some cases lasting disruption of normal brain function. A concussion occurs when the brain is violently rocked back and forth or twisted inside the skull as a result of a blow to the head or body. Concussion symptoms may last from a few days to several months. Neck-strengthening exercises may help reduce the chance of your child’s head snapping forward or backward if they sustain a blow to the body.
Symptoms of Concussion
Stop activity if you have these symptoms. Athletes should not return to activity until evaluated by a health care provider.
- Headache or “pressure” in head
- Nausea or vomiting
- Balance problems or dizziness
- Double or blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Feeling sluggish or groggy
- Concentration or memory problems
- Feeling “down” or “not right”
- Changes to sleep patterns
If your child has already suffered one concussion, the best way to prevent another is to make sure s/he has recovered fully (getting plenty of mental and physical rest) and been cleared by a doctor before returning to his/her normal routine, including athletics.
Q. Is there any way to prevent concussions? Do helmets and mouth guards help?
A. Nothing can prevent a concussion. Helmets were designed to guard against catastrophic brain injuries, not concussions. Mouth guards, although very good at protecting the mouth and teeth, do not lower the risk of concussions.
Raising Awareness For Concussions