What is a Concussion?
A concussion is the result of a blow (traumatic biomechanical force) to head or neck, which causes to the brain to be rocked back and forth inside of the skull. There is transient impairment in brain function, but no damage to brain anatomy. This leads to an altered state of consciousness of mental awareness (disturbance in normal neurometabolism), which can either be temporary or prolonged.
Fact: Concussion is one of the most serious and prevalent medical problems at the high school level.
Do I have a Concussion?
Have you sustained a blow to the head or body which has caused you to suffer some confusion, difficulty remembering events surrounding the incident or you have developed some symptoms following the incident such as headache, dizziness, balance problems, over fatigue, etc. You may have suffered a mild head injury.
Red Flags to seek Emergent Care in Recovery Process
– Worsening Headaches – Seizures – Focal neurologic signs – Neck Pain – Change in state of consciousness – Difficulty in being awakened/overly drowsy – Repeated vomiting -Slurred speech – Inability to recognize people/location – Increased confusion – Unusual behavior change – Numbness/weakness in extremities – Increased irritability