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Concussion

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Amanda Weiler

on 28 April 2010

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Transcript of Concussion

Concussions Description A concussion describes an injury to the brain resulting from an impact to the head. It is not always life-threatening, but it can cause both short-term and long-term problems. Causes (MOI) Concussions result from direct blows to the head and does not include injuries in which there is bleeding under the skull or into the brain. Prevention Concussions can be prevented by wearing the proper protective equipment, such as helmets and mouth guards, depending on the sport. This equipment must be properly fitted, good quality, and well maintained in order for it to work properly. Proper training and conditioning can also help to prevent head injuries. Signs and Symptoms Some common signs and symptoms of a concussion are headaches, dizziness, nausea, confusion, poor balance and coordination, and fatigue or sleepiness. Onsite Treatment
and Management When an athlete shows any signs or symptoms of a concussion they should not return to play in the current game or practice, they should not be left alone, they should be medically evaluated by a physician, and return to play must follow a medically supervised, step by step process.
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