Do I Have A Concussion?
How It Works
A concussion is a brain injury, caused by a direct or indirect blow to the head or body. The impact can come from another person, piece of equipment or the playing surface.
Here are some need to know facts when it comes to concussions and their symptoms:
• A concussion can change the way your brain functions.
• You cannot see a concussion (often MRI imaging or CT Scans are negative).
• Concussion Symptoms may show up immediately or can take hours or even days to present.
• A concussion presents differently in each individual, as well as each concussion.
• You do NOT need to lose consciousness to get a concussion
• It can be serious even if you are “just dinged”.
Concussions can happen during practice, competition, or everyday life.
What Should I Do if I Suspect a Concussion?
If you ever suspect you may have a concussion, you should stop what you’re doing and remove yourself from work, school or any other activity. You should seek out medical attention from a physician or concussion care specialist as soon as you can. However, you should only seek emergency assistance if you’re concerned about a fracture to your skull or spine, or if symptoms are worsening. Progressively growing symptoms may indicate a bleed in the brain.
Do not return to athletic participation without being cleared by a medical professional