What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain, stretching and damaging brain cells.

Concussion signs:

  • Can’t recall events prior to or after a hit or fall.
  • Appears dazed or stunned.
  • Forgets an instruction, is confused about an assignment or position, or is unsure of the game, score, or opponent.
  • Moves clumsily.
  • Answers questions slowly.
  • Loses consciousness.
  • Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes.

Recovering from a Concussion

Sleep and light activity are most important when recovering from a concussion, during this time your brain is very fragile and needs to be treated so. Most children with a concussion feel better within a couple of weeks. However, for some, symptoms will last for a month or longer. Concussion symptoms may appear during the normal healing process or as your child gets back to their regular activities. If there are any symptoms that concern you or are getting worse, be sure to seek medical care as soon as possible.

Recruit Reels hates to see any athlete be sidelined due to an injury especially one as serious as a concussion. These injuries and not to be taken lightly and you should seek medical attention immediately.