Concussions

Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention

Symptoms and Treatment

A concussion is a brain injury which results in a short term losss of consciousness. It usually occurs after the head hits an object, or when a moving object hits the head.

Symptoms include, but are not limited to:

  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Memory loss
  • Nausea

More serious symptoms which involve immediate medical attention include:

  • Seizures
  • Muscle weakness
  • Persistent confusion
  • Repeated vomiting
  • Unequal pupils


The victim of the concussion should be taken to the hospital. The basic healing process could take days, weeks, or even months. During healing the affect person may feel irritable, have headaches, blurred vision, and trouble concentrating. These effects will go away slowly.

Prevention

There are a few things you could do to prevent concussions.

  • When you play a contact sport, such as football, wear a helmet.
  • Also wear a helmet while riding a bike.
  • To prevent a concussion in the event of a car crash, always sit with your head on the headrest..