How Dangerous They Can Be

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a minor traumatic brain injury (TBI) that may occur when the head hits an object, or a moving object strikes the head. These can be extremely severe if the head is it hard enough.

What can cause this?

This can result from a fall, sports activities, and car accidents. A big movement of the brain (called jarring) in any direction can cause you to become unconscious.

What are the symptoms?

  • Symptoms can include:
  • -Acting confused, feeling spacey, or not thinking straight
  • -Being drowsy, hard to wake up, or similar changes
  • -Headache
  • - Loss of consciousness

  • -Memory loss (amnesia) of events before the injury or right after
  • -Nausea and vomiting
  • -Seeing flashing lights
  • -Feeling like you have "lost time"
  • How can this injury be treated?

    There is not really a specific way to treat a concussion. The best thing though is to lie down and rest for a while. If the concussion is severe, then hospital treatment is needed at that time.

    Can this be prevented?

    There are a few:

    -Always use safety equipment during activities that could cause a head injury. These include seat belts, bicycle or motorcycle helmets, and hard hats.

    - Do NOT drink and drive. Be safe while drivng.