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Understanding Concussions

A concussion occurs when an individual receives a blow to the head, typically from a fall or collision. Understanding the basics of concussions and symptoms experienced by people who may be suffering from a concussion themselves can help you deal with these types of incidents.

What causes concussions?

Any time the head is injured, a person runs a risk of developing a concussion. It is not necessary for a person to pass out to receive a concussion. In many cases, people do not realize they are suffering from a concussion until others notices the signs and symptoms. When the head impacted, the brain runs the risk of hitting the skull, triggering a concussion. Normally, fluids surround the brain to protect it from coming into contact with the skull.

What are the signs and symptoms?

The signs and symptoms of having a concussion often vary from person to person. The most common signs a concussion include memory loss and the inability to focus. The effects of a concussion may last for days, weeks, and even months; for this reason, it is essential to seek medical care immediately if you believe you or a loved one is suffering from a concussion.

Developing insomnia or sleeping too much are also common signs of a concussion, especially when combined with the inability to think or focus clearly. Physical symptoms of a concussion can include blurred vision, headaches, nausea, vomiting, imbalance when walking, and a lack of energy that cannot be explained.

How can concussions be prevented?

Avoid getting into physical altercations whenever possible. Always wear safety gear when participating in contact sports. Any time you are lifting heavy boxes or items, be sure to have another individual nearby as a spotter and to prevent a potential concussion in the event that you drop the object.