A concussion is a traumatic brain injury.
Concussions are caused by a sudden blow or jarring motion to the head or body that disrupts the normal functioning of the brain and can cause significant and possibly permanent neurological impairments.
A concussion is the ONLY sports injury that can affect a student athlete’s personality as well as their ability to learn in school.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 300,000 concussions are sustained annually during sports related activities in the United States. Out of those, an estimated 62,000 are suffered by student athletes.
A concussion can change the way the brain would normally function. They are often very difficult to diagnose as many signs and symptoms don’t immediately appear. Another difficulty of concussion diagnosis is that many athletes are reluctant to admit or address the possibility of a concussion because they want to continue participating in their activity.
Concussions not only affect athletes, but many concussions occur at home and often go undiagnosed. Car accidents, work accidents, falls, and playground accidents are all common causes of a concussion.
Any blow or impact to the head can be serious. The staff at Washington Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation and the ImPACT test can help to assist you in the diagnosis and management of concussions.