Concussion is a type of brain injury where the brain, with great force and speed, hits the inside of the skull. The impact, bruising and twisting of the brain inside the skull results in inflammation and damage to neurons, blood vessels and support cells in the brain. One does not need to pass out to suffer a concussion.
Signs & Symptoms – although symptoms my disappear within a couple of weeks of injury, the healing process may take considerably longer. Symptoms vary from Person to Person but if you suspect that you could have a concussion STOP Activity and consult a physician!
|– Change in Mood
– More emotional – sad, nervous or anxious
– More irritable
– “don’t feel right”
– Feeling like “in a fog”
– Feeling slowed down
|– Loss of consciousness
– Seizures and Convulsions
– balance issues
– numbness or tingling
– Visual problems (eg. Blurred Vision)
– Neck pain
– “Pressure in the Head”
– Worsen with exercise
– Low energy
– Amnesia – loss of memory before and/or after the Injury
– Difficulty Concentrating
– Selective Attention
– Trouble making decisions
– Trouble with problem solving
– Noise – Ringing in the ear
– Irregular Sleep Patterns
– Trouble falling asleep
– Fatigue or Sleeping more than usual
Visit the links below to learn about recovering from Concussions:
Parachute is a good source of injury prevention information.
ONF (Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation) offers up-to-date evidence based practice information for medical professionals and clinicians.
Listen to survivor Nick Mercer as he interviews many professionals on the subject of concussion and brain injury. Nick speaks from personal experience.
We encourage anyone working in environments where individuals are at high risk for concussions to take this free online course. This course is for anyone.