Concussion Facts

  1. A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. A concussion can also be caused by violent movement or jarring of the head or neck.
  2. People who suffer from concussions generally fully recover quickly. However, in some cases, symptoms can last for days or weeks.
  3. Those who have already had one concussion seem more susceptible to having another.
  4. The most common causes of concussions are sports injuries (football, hockey, rugby, basketball, etc.), bicycle accidents, car accidents, and falls.
  5. For about 9 in 10 people with concussions, symptoms disappear within 7 to 10 days.
  6. At least 25% of concussion sufferers fail to get assessed by medical personnel.
  7. Most cases of traumatic brain injury are concussions.
  8. In the US, athletes suffer from roughly 300,000 concussions every year.
  9. Immediate consequences include headache, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, fatigue, or unconsciousness.
  10. In certain severe concussions, symptoms can linger for weeks, months, or even years, due to a complication called post-concussion syndrome.
  11. Loss of consciousness is thought to occur in less than 10% of concussions.
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