Concussions

By: Louie Matto & Ty Coffey

What is a concussion? What causes a concussion?

  • A concussion is a head injury that happens when you bruise your brain.
  • A fall or collision that makes the brain bang against the skull, which bruises the brain.

Signs & Symptoms of a concussion

  • Headache
  • Dizziness or confusion
  • Feeling sick
  • Coordination or balance problems
  • Blurred vision or speech problems
  • Trouble thinking or remembering
  • Change in sleep or feeling sleepy

Danger Signs and Symptoms

Long-Term Effects

A second head injury can lead to a condition called Second Impact Syndrome

Recovery

  • You need rest following doctors advice
  • Rest in a dark room
  • Stay away from bright lights and loud noise
  • Eat and drink healthy

Returning to School

  • You need to get the OK from your doctor
  • You must have no symptoms
  • You must have regained all of your memory
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Returning to Sports

  • Ease back into things
  • Stop playing right away if any symptoms return
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Safety & Prevention

  • Helmet prevent brain injuries
  • Know the rules of the game you are playing
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Data & Statistics

  • 1.7 million people get serious brain injuries a year
  • 52,000 people die from it each year
Concussions 101, a Primer for Kids and Parents