What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that occurs when a head impact jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. The brain is a soft organ surrounded by spinal fluid that acts like a cushion during normal movement. If the head or body receives a significant hit, the brain may crash into the skull and sustain injury. Delicate neural pathways in the brain can become damaged, causing neurological disturbances.
Concussions can cause serious and sometimes permanent damage. In some cases, dangerous and sometimes fatal swelling and bleeding can occur inside the brain. The more forceful the blow to the head, the greater the chance of serious injury. Repeated concussions and head trauma without proper healing time between each head injury has been shown to cause long-term harm.
A traumatic brain injury or concussion can be caused by a fall, injury or a blow to the head. Common causes of concussions include car crashes, bike accidents and fights. Concussions can also occur while participating in sports such as soccer, football, skiing, boxing, hockey and more.
Sports concussions are on a dramatic rise - 1 in 5 high school athletes will sustain a concussion this year. More than 33% of sports-related concussions happen during practice.
Most bumps on the head are minor and heal just like bumps anywhere else on the body. However, sometimes a head impact can be worse that it looks. Even if there is no bleeding or visible bump, a head trauma can cause complications such as dizziness, headache, loss of balance or a loss of consciousness.
Approximately 90 percent of diagnosed concussions do not involve a loss of consciousness, so it is important to look for signs and symptoms of concussion.
The Head Health Management System is the only multi-platform head health management system that is designed to measure hits and help identify concussion symptoms. The system uses the Head Case Impact Sensor, a small device that is inserted into a helmet to monitor and measure head impacts.
By reviewing the athlete’s normal impact history and comparing to national averages based on impact data collected by other users, the Head Case Impact Sensor can detect head impacts of concern and alert coaches, trainers and parents when statistically significant thresholds are exceeded. The Head Case Mobile App can help you perform a proper concussion test and concussion evaluation.
If you believe that you or someone you know has sustained a concussion, it is important to seek medical help immediately. Your medical provider can help determine if a concussion has occurred and determine the safest course of treatment.
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