Concussion Awareness

Allie Roberts

What is a concussion?

A brain injury caused by a blow to the head or a violent shaking of the head and body.
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What are the symptoms of a concussion?

Normally self-diagnosable: headache, confusion, lack of coordination, memory loss, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, ringing in the ears, sleepiness, and excessive fatigue.

How common is a concussion?

  • 1.6 million to 3.8 million concussions occur each year
  • 5-10% of athletes will experience a concussion in any given sport season
  • Football is the most common sport with concussion risk for males (75% chance for concussion
  • Soccer is the most common sport with concussion risk for females (50% chance for concussion)
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How to prevent it

  • Wear protective equipment
  • Do not hit things directly with your head
  • Do not play full contact sports until after 25, the brain is not fully developed until then.
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