Sports Concussion: Causes & Symptoms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes a concussion as “a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.”

Top 3 Concussion-Causing Sports

  1. Football
  2. Ice Hockey
  3. Soccer
Young Man holding Head in Pain

4 Common Symptoms of a Concussion

  1. Difficulty thinking clearly
  2. Feeling slowed downed
  3. Difficulty concentrating
  4. Difficulty remembering new information

The International Conference on Concussion in Sport says that all athletes who have or had a concussion, regardless of how small should be evaluated before returning to play. Only after they are free of all symptoms and continue symptom free during and after physical testing. 
Sadly, it is undetermined if the brain has healed from a concussion even after all symptoms have gone. Healing may not be surely complete.

Concussions caused by contact sports are rapidly growing amongst athletes. If left undetected, the outcome can be long-term brain damage or even fatal. When you participate in sports use the proper protective equipment for and follow the safety rules.

If you think you or someone you know has a concussion make sure to seek medical attention right away.