A concussion is a type of brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Even what seems to be a mild bump to the head can be serious. Concussions can occur during practices or games in any sport or recreational activity.
What are the signs and symptoms of a concussion?
Unlike a broken arm, you can’t see a concussion. Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness. Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after an injury or may not appear or be noticed until hours or days after the injury. It is important to watch for changes in how you are feeling, if symptoms are getting worse, or if you just “don’t feel right.” If you think you or a teammate may have a concussion, it is important to tell someone.
Concussion Fact Sheet for Parents
Concussion Fact Sheet for Students