A concussion is also called a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). It means your brain has swelled because of a blow to the head or another part of your body. Concussions can be caused by car accidents, falls and sports injuries.
If you’ve been injured during a game or sport, it’s extremely important to watch for symptoms of a concussion. If you have any symptoms commonly associated with a concussion following a collision, IMMEDIATELY stop playing and seek medical care as soon as possible.
- Loss of consciousness for any time.
- Persistent headache.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Cognitive impairment, including problems following instructions, difficulty responding to questions or generally feeling “foggy.”
- Eye problems, such as blurred vision or double vision.
- Balance problems and clumsiness.
- Forgetfulness of events directly before or after the injury.
- Light or noise sensitivity.
- Seizures (indicates a need for immediate medical attention).
- Emotional changes, such as mood swings.