There Is No Such Thing as a Minor Concussion

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Concussions are considered to be a form of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) because they’re typically not life-threatening, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that concussions are often not mild, instead leading to serious symptoms and lasting changes in the brain
  • Common concussion symptoms include changes in mood and behavior, headache and sensitivity to light and sound; even simply “not feeling right” or feeling down after a blow to the head could signal a concussion
  • After studying the brains of hockey players who had received concussions, researchers found abnormal brain wave activity that persisted for years, along with partial wasting of motor pathways that could degrade attention
  • Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury, accounting for 48% of cases
  • In the aftermath of a concussion, you’ll want to get adequate sleep to help recharge your brain and avoid excessive physical activity, driving too soon and overstimulating your brain with work or school

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