A concussion is an injury to the brain. It can be caused by a blow or bump to or around the head. This causes the brain to move inside the skull which can change how the brain works or processes information. Adolescent athletes are particularly vulnerable to the effects of concussion. A concussion has the potential to result in a temporary disruption of normal brain function. Continued participation in any sport or activity following a concussion can lead to worsening concussion symptoms as well as an increased risk for further injury to the brain, and even death.
It is important to remember:
Your child may not have symptoms until a few days after the injury. A symptom is what is reported by the child. Your child may report one or more of these symptoms:
You should watch your child very carefully in the first one to two days after a concussion. Call your child's doctor immediately, go to emergency room or call 911 if your child has any new symptoms or if symptoms get worse, such as:
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