Despite what you may have heard, a concussion does not necessarily involve an athlete blacking out or having a blow to the head.
Concussions may occur whenever there is an impact with an object or another person, allowing the force of the impact to transfer to the head. Studies of football players have shown that concussions may occur regardless of the magnitude of the impact.
Common immediate symptoms of concussion include, but are not limited to:
• Headaches or pain in the head
• Nausea or vomiting
• Delayed responses
Note that the presence of any of the above symptoms may indicate a concussion.
Long-term symptoms of concussion include any of the following:
• Lack of concentration
• Poor memory
• Personality changes and irritability
• Inability to sleep
• Increased sensitivity to noise and light
Because of the severe immediate and long-term symptoms of concussion and the difficulty in predicting the occurrence of concussions, it is crucial for all suspected concussions to be assessed and diagnosed by a trained physician.
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