As you work hard and play hard there’s a chance of having a blow to the head. From construction workers to sports players the risk of concussion exists. It’s important to understand what a concussion is, symptoms, and protocol if someone is injured.

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What is a Concussion?


A concussion is a type of mild traumatic brain injury.  It’s caused by a blow, violent jolt, or bump to the head.  Anyone can get a concussion, from middle aged people to infants and the elderly.  The most common symptom is a headache.  Generally the symptoms go away within 2 to 3 weeks.  While each person will need a tailored recovery plan, all of them involve physical and mental rest to return to normal activity.

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Concussion Symptoms


You may observe the injured person has symptoms including:


    • Headache
    • Nausea/vomiting
    • Blurry vision
    • Drowsiness and/or fatigue
    • A ringing in their ears
    • A dazed appearance

Concussion Protocol


If you believe you or someone you know has a concussion, it’s critical that you contact a trained healthcare provider immediately.  Generally the concussed individual should have a one to two day period of rest.  They can then resume their activity gradually.  It’s best to be seen immediately after a traumatic head injury and then again within 24 to 72 hours.  This gives your healthcare professional a second assessment to see how you’re functioning.