Mild Traumatic Brain Injury or Concussion

Concussions are very common. In fact, 20 percent of high school students playing contact sports suffer a concussion each year* (that equals to more than 35,000 students in Virginia).

A Concussion is a Brain Injury Too!

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A concussion is a mild brain injury.  It is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, or by a hit to the body or fall that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.   Often concussions are described as being “mild” but their effects can be serious.  You can lose consciousness or be “knocked out” as a result of a concussion but this is not true in most cases.

What should you do if you have had a concussion? Take care of yourself after the injury and get evaluated by a medical professional.  Go to the emergency room or make an appointment with your primary care doctor.

How to Get Better

If you have a concussion it is important for you to take steps to help your brain heal.  Rest is important and ignoring or pushing through your symptoms can make them worse.  Avoid activities that are physically or cognitively demanding.

Children and adolescents are among those at the greatest risk for concussion.  All concussions are serious.  Concussions can occur at any time a student or athlete participates in an activity where a collision may occur.  This could be:

  • playing a sport
  • during physical education class at school
  • on the playground
  • horsing around in the halls.

Children and teens with a concussion should NEVER return to sports or recreational activities on the same day they have a concussion.



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