Concussions don’t just happen on the football field. A mild bump or blow, even a hit to the body that causes the head to whiplash back and forth can result in a concussion. The medical profession considers a concussion a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. That said, the effects of a concussion can be serious with serious consequences. That’s why, when you “get your bell rung,” and experience some of the symptoms of concussion, it’s important that you’re examined by a medical professional to ensure that the injury is accurately diagnosed and appropriately treated.
Here are some of the most common symptoms of concussion:
- balance problems or dizziness
- double or fuzzy vision
- sensitivity to light or noise
- feeling sluggish
- feeling “foggy”
- change in sleep pattern
- problems with concentration or memory
Most people who have suffered a concussion will recover completely in two to three weeks, given proper rest and a gradual return to activities. However, extra care must be taken during this period because experiencing a second concussion before the first has healed can result in serious complications, even death.