An injury to the brain that makes it less functional
The Brain and Nervous System:
The brain controls thoughts and movements, and carries messages through the nervous system back and forth.
How the brain works normally:
Controls your body
Sends messages to other parts of your body through the nervous system
How the brain works differently with a concussion:
Can’t send messages as well (if at all)
Affects how well the balance system works, causing trouble doing everyday tasks
Difficulty remembering simple things, such as your name or where you live
memory problems, confusion, headaches, feeling “foggy”, dizziness, balance problems, sensitivity to light or sound, feeling over-emotional or extremely irritable, blurred vision, nausea/motion Sickness, disorientation, fatigue/exhaustion
It is very difficult to know whether or not someone has a concussion.
Possible ways to determine if someone has a concussion are.
- CT Scan or MRI of the brain
- Reporting of symptoms
- Signs may not show up for a while; may be hard to notice
- Brain rest (don't do anything that requires concentration, such as reading, watching TV, or doing school work)
- it helps to gradually increase your activity
- Some people say that brain rest doesn't work as well as people think it does, and it may actually be harmful
- If during your return any symptoms recur, stop all activity and go back to brain rest
- Treating certain symptoms, such as headaches or nausea, is possible to some degree
- Typical recovery time will be 5-10 days, but it could be shorter or much longer
A single concussion will not have an effect on life expectancy, unless it was an extremely severe concussion
Multiple concussions can lead to permanent brain damage, or CTE (CTE is a brain disorder that takes effect slowly and could kill some people)
Having multiple concussions in a short period of time can be fatal, which is why it is so strongly recommended to avoid all physical activity if you have a concussion
- I've had a concussion so I wanted to learn more about it
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- Many people in my family have also had concussions
Famous people who've had concussions include Junior Seau, Mike Webster, Sidney Crosby, James Harden, Brett Favre, and many other athletes.