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The human brain has the consistency of gelatin, and it can be severely damaged if it’s forced against the inner walls of the skull by violent blows to the head or sudden acceleration which may lead to concussion.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 4 million people get concussions every year. These traumatic brain injuries can lead to long-term damage, so it’s important to recognize the symptoms of concussions and learn best practices for treatment.
Although each concussion can exhibit different symptoms, there are some common warning signs:
- Severe headaches
- Trouble concentrating
Severe symptoms include loss of consciousness, blurred vision, confusion and unresponsiveness. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should have someone take you to an emergency room immediately.
However, some concussions don’t require hospitalization and can be treated at home:
- Stay near a friend or family member for 72 hours so they can monitor your symptoms.
- Don’t engage in activities that are physically or mentally demanding.
- Call your doctor if you believe your symptoms are worsening.
Healthy Hints to Prevent Concussion
A concussion can occur in almost any environment; however, high-risk sports and vehicle collisions are common causes. Additionally, children and the elderly are more at risk because of their likelihood of falling. Be sure to always wear appropriate head protection when participating in sports, and call your doctor if you believe a collision has caused head trauma.
Personal risk management tips provided by: The Safegard Group, Inc.