Have you ever heard of someone “getting their bell rung”? It is a phrase that typically means someone suffered a concussion. The phrase is being phased out of permissible language on the sports field because it tends to lessen the seriousness of the effects of a concussion.

A concussion can happen even with a mild bump or blow to the head. Signs and symptoms may not show up until days or weeks after the injury. It is extremely important to consider all the signs and symptoms of a concussion when involved in athletics or when subjected to head trauma.

The symptoms vary in intensity and duration. They include headache, nausea or vomiting, poor balance or dizziness, blurry vision, sensitivity to light or noise, feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy, confusion, feeling “funny”, and concentration or memory problems. A person may appear dazed or stunned, confused about an assignment or position, forgetful, unsure of surroundings, clumsy, slow to answer, or exhibit mood, behavior, or personality changes. A person may or may not lose consciousness, even for a brief moment.

It is important to follow all safety precautions when head injury is a risk. Seek medical attention as soon as a concussion is suspected, and do not participate in any physically or mentally demanding activity. All previous concussions should be noted and relayed to the medical professional in the event of a new concussion. Take care of your head injuries as soon as possible to prevent negative long-lasting effects on the brain.

See the attached article for more details on concussion symptoms and prevention strategies. Concussion Awareness

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