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Concussion and head injury care
A fall or hit to the head can take an athlete out of the game or an employee out of work, but it may also lead to a concussion or other traumatic brain injury.
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, jolt or blow to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause brain swelling and damage brain cells. An individual may not remember what happened when the injury occurred, may have lost consciousness after the injury or may have other signs and symptoms.
Signs and symptoms of a concussion
- Blurred vision or sensitivity to light
- Loss of balance
- Mood swings, irritability or depression
- Nausea or vomiting
- Poor coordination
- Ringing in the ears
- Sleepiness or trouble falling asleep
- Slowed reaction times
- Slurred speech
- Trouble remembering
Concussion care and symptom management
Pre-concussion computerized baseline testing
If you participate in a sport with a higher chance for head injury such as football, hockey, wrestling, basketball, soccer, baseball, softball or volleyball, you should have a baseline test. Baseline testing through ImPACT™ is available for ages 5 to 59.