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A concussion is defined as a traumatic brain injury that changes the way your brain functions. It can temporarily hinder your reflexes, concentration, memory, judgment, balance, coordination, and even sleep. An injury of this nature requires time for your brain to rest and heal properly.

Although concussions are most common amongst althletes and usually caused by direct impact to the head, they can also result from car accidents, falls, or substantial movement of the head, or violent shaking. The length of unconsciousness could indicate the severity of the concussion.

Not all concussions result in loss of consciousness. This is a primary reason why some people don't even realize they have experienced a concussion.  While most concussive brain injuries are mild, any injury to the brain should be taken seriously and attention by a medical provider should be sought.

Symptoms of Concussions

Serious Consequences

Prevention & Baseline Testing

Concussion Evaluation

Recovering from a Concussion