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A concussion is a neurologic injury which causes a temporary disturbance in brain cells that comes as a result of extreme acceleration or deceleration of the brain within the skull. The common misconception is that you must be hit in the head to cause a concussion injury – this is not true! Because a concussion is the result acceleration or deceleration of the brain, a concussion can happen with a significant blow to anywhere on the body, provided sufficient acceleration/deceleration is transmitted to the brain tissue.

The resulting brain cell disturbance causes the brain cells to discharge uncontrollably which may cause any one, or more of the following signs or symptoms:

Loss of consciousness (Not necessarily – over 90% of concussions DO NOT result in a loss of consciousness)
Headache
Pressure in the head
Neck pain
Nausea or vomiting
Dizziness
Blurred vision
Balance problems
Sensitivity to light
Sensitivity to noise
Feeling slowed down
Feeling of “fogginess”
Not feeling right or feeling off
Difficulty concentrating
Difficulty remembering
Fatigue or low energy
Confusion
Drowsiness
Trouble falling asleep
More emotional
Irritability
Sadness
Nervous or anxious

If you, or your child is experiencing ANY of the symptoms above following a significant hit or blow to the head or body, you should have a high suspicion of a concussion injury.

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