Concussions Don’t Discriminate – Not Just for Athletes!

Concussions Don’t Discriminate – Not Just for Athletes!


Concussions can happen to anyone…just ask Rebel Wilson.

Rebel suffered a concussion, due to a fall while on set filming her new comedy “Isn’t it Romantic?”  A concussion is a type of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 2.8 million TBI-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths occurred in the United States in 2013.  Most people with a concussion recover well from symptoms experienced at the time of the injury.  The signs and symptoms of a concussion may appear right away, or may not be noticed for days or months after the injury, or until the person resumes their everyday activities.  For some people, the signs and symptoms of a concussion can be difficult to sort out, and can last for days, weeks, or longer.  Below are some signs and symptoms of a concussion that everyone should be aware of:

  • Headache
  • Nausea & Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the Ears
  • Confusion/Behavioral Changes
  • Memory Loss
  • Changes in Balance or Gait
  • Disruptive Sleep
  • Irregular Pulse or Breathing*
  • Pupils Dilated or Unequal*
  • Seizure Activity*
  • Loss of Consciousness*
  • Blurry or Double Vision*

*These can be signs of a serious concussion or potentially worse head injury.  A person experiencing any of these symptoms should be directed to the closest emergency room.

Raising awareness about concussions and educating the community on the importance of early recognition and management will hopefully bring light to this serious injury.

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