With football season starting back up and kids are getting back into school sports, there is an important topic that doesn’t get mentioned enough. Concussions.

Here is one definition on concussions as stated by Centers for Disease control and Prevention:
“Concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—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, stretching and damaging the brain cells and creating chemical changes in the brain” (HEADS UP).

Did you know that a person doesn’t even need to get hit in the head in order to get a concussions? Things such a whip lash or hard hits can cause concussions too. Each year approximately 1.6 to 3.8 million concussions occur in the U.S., due to sports or recreational activities. Of that amount, 40% of the athletes return to the sport before the guidelines suggest (Concussion Facts).

Concussions are considered an invisible injury because secondary conditions (symptoms) sometimes don’t occur for hours or in some cases, days. If a person has a concussion and doesn’t wait the appropriate amount of time they are putting themselves at risk for an even worse injury. People who suffer from one concussion becomes 3 to 6 time more susceptible. In severe and rare cases, concussions can cause the brain to swell, permanent brain damage, or even death (Concussion Facts). Make sure you know the facts, whether you are a parent or athlete, make sure you understand concussions should be taken seriously. Give your body the time it needs to heal.

“HEADS UP.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 18 May 2015. Web. 15 Sept. 2015.
“Concussion Facts: Did You Know?” Concussion Facts. Sanford Health, n.d. Web. 17 Sept. 2015.

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