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Concussion: It’s not just a bump to the head

Concussion: it's not just a bump to the head

Going back to school in the fall also means that children and youth are participating in new seasons of ice hockey, soccer, volleyball, basketball and other sports and activities. The topic of concussions continues to be in the forefront of the news and is most commonly associated with sports. However, concussions can result from a fall, a motor vehicle collision or impact by an object or person.

A concussion is a brain injury caused by a sudden hit, bump or jolt to the head, face, neck or somewhere else on the body. The impact can prevent the brain from working normally.

What to do: Concussion management

You do not need to lose consciousness (knocked out or blacked out) to have a concussion. Signs and symptoms such as headache, nausea, dizziness and memory loss (among many others) can be immediate, delayed or not show for a period of time. Ensure that a medical doctor or a nurse practitioner assesses you.

Recovering from a concussion

Physical and mental rest is important for the first 24 to 48 hours after a concussion. Mental rest means no driving, watching TV, playing video games, reading or working on a computer. After 24 to 48 hours you can gradually become more active. Returning to activities too quickly and too soon may cause symptoms to get worse or take longer to go away.

Concussion symptoms can last for 10 to 14 days in adults and four weeks in children and youth. For some people, they can last weeks or even months. Talk to your medical doctor to decide when you can drive a car or ride a bike. Your ability to react may be slower after a concussion. Also, discuss when you can return to normal activities such as work, school, sports or other forms of physical activity.

Learn more about concussions by visiting www.york.ca/concussion


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