Concussion Fast Facts

December 24, 2015

   Here are some quick facts from the Heads Up organization about concussions:

  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 recover quickly. However, in some cases, symptoms can last for days or weeks.
  3. Those who have already had one concussion are more susceptible to another.
  4. The most common causes of concussions are sports injuries, 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 percent of concussion sufferers fail to get assessed by medical personnel.
  7. Most cases of traumatic brain injury are concussions.
  8. In the U.S., athletes suffer from roughly 300,000 concussions every year.
  9. Immediate consequences include headache, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, fatigue, or loss of consciousness.
  10. Loss of consciousness occurs in less than 10 percent of concussions.

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