concussion

What exactly is a concussion? 

A concussion is a blow or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Also called a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), a concussion can result from a car crash, a sports injury, or from a seemingly innocuous fall. Concussion recovery times can vary greatly.

Most people who sustain a concussion or mild TBI are back to normal by three months or sooner. But others have long-term problems remembering things and concentrating. Accidents can be so minor that neither doctor nor patient makes the connection. 

Signs and symptoms

Signs and symptoms of a mild brain injury, or concussion, can show up right after the injury, or they may not appear until days or even weeks afterward. Concussion symptoms can include:
Headaches
Weakness
Numbness
Decreased coordination or balance
Confusion
Slurred speech
Nausea
Vomiting
Loss of memory about accident
Difficulty with memory
Slowed thinking
Tiredness
Change in sleep
Unbalanced
Dizziness
Ringing in ears
Increased sensitivity to light or sounds
Mood changes — sad, irritable, non-motivated
Blurred vision
Ringing in ears

If your child has or may have suffered a concussion come to the clinic to be seen by the nurse.
If the injury occurs during a sporting event stop participating and be assessed by the athletic trainer at field side. It is important that the child be assessed by a professional. 
There is a concussion protocol which will be followed for every concussion to assess and meet the physical and academic needs of the child.

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