According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 1.6 million to 3.8 million concussions occur each year. One of the most talked about causes of concussions is in sports, with 5-10% of athletes experiencing a concussion each sports season.
The intensity of a concussion can range from mild to severe and it is important for a caregiver to assess the severity of the concussion to know when to seek emergency medical attention. With any head injury, it’s important to seek the proper medical attention.
For mild concussions, it is recommended that the injured person be examined by a health care professional and be monitored closely for any of the symptoms below for at least 24 hours following the injury. If the individual’s concussion signs worsen you should take them to an emergency room immediately.
If you or a loved one experiences any of the following symptoms after a potential concussion event, seek immediate medical attention by calling 9-1-1 or visiting your closest emergency room.
While not all concussions can be avoided, following some of the simple steps below can help decrease the risk of a concussion and increase safety for athletes.
When it comes to head injuries, it’s always best to seek a doctor’s advice and only return to playing sports once your injury is completely healed in order to avoid second impact syndrome or another complication.
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