Concussions News

A concussion is a brain injury that occurs from a blow or jolt to the head. Symptoms of a concussion are usually not life-threatening, but they can be quite serious, particularly if a person sustains a concussion more than once. Concussions are classified as a mild traumatic brain injury, or a TBI.

Concussions occur frequently in contact sports, and the impact they have on the growing brains of young people participating in athletics has been an expanding concern in recent years.

Symptoms

People tend to think that a concussion involves a loss of consciousness, but that is often not the case. Instead, the person who experiences the concussion will be dazed and probably won’t remember what happened immediately before and after the concussion. People who've had a concussion may also have problems with balance, speech, muscle coordination, memory and reflexes. The concussion may be followed by chronic headaches, problems with vision, memory loss, balance problems, nausea and vomiting or mental health issues.

Treatment of Concussion

A concussion can be a serious injury that must be diagnosed and treated by a qualified health care provider. Sound treatment of a concussion should involve some form of testing to assess the severity of the concussion and its impact on the brain.

Typically, the recovery period from a concussion involves staying out of dangerous activities for awhile, including contact sports. The same goes for activities that might be mentally challenging. It’s also important to get plenty of rest and take any recommended medications. Avoiding alcohol or other drugs is another key to recovery. Often, people who've had a concussion will need to be tested by their doctor before resuming some activities.

SOURCES: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; American Association of Neurological Surgeons

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7/25/2017
Nearly All Autopsied NFL Players Show Trauma-Linked Brain Disease

No position on the football field seemed to confer protection, study says

7/13/2017
Boxers, MMA Fighters May Face Long-Term Harm to Brain: Study

Researchers find head injuries from fighting cause brain changes that might spur troubles later in life

7/12/2017
Many High School Principals Know Little About Concussions

Only a third had training on how students with head injury might fare academically, study found

7/3/2017
Concussion Can Spur Short-Term Change in Women's Periods

Odds of abnormal menstrual bleeding jump 6 times after serious head injury, study says

6/29/2017
Concussion in High School Doesn't Boost Depression Risk: Study

And another study found no long-term decline in quality of life after these head injuries

6/27/2017
Force, Frequency of Head Hits Jump as Young Football Players Get Older

Findings confirm that these injuries are linked to level of play

6/27/2017
6 Out of 7 Possible Concussions May Have Been Missed in 2014 World Cup

Players should be assessed using soccer group's international recommendations

6/9/2017
Boys More Likely to Hide a Concussion Than Girls

Study of high school athletes suggests fear of looking 'weak' might play a role

5/16/2017
Playgrounds Aren't Always All Fun and Games

Fortunately, there are ways to prevent injuries to children, ER doc says

5/1/2017
Psychiatric Scars of Wartime Brain Injury May Linger for Years

Study finds woes often continue, even if thinking, memory troubles subside

4/13/2017
Hockey Doesn't Seem to Hit Players' Thinking Skills: Study

But retired pros can suffer behavioral, emotional problems, researchers say

3/22/2017
'Heads Up' Football Program Tackles Concussion Danger in Kids

Players learn safer moves, reducing head injury rate and recovery time, study suggests

3/15/2017
Which High School Sport Has the Most Concussions?

Girls' soccer had rates that exceeded boys' football in 2015, study finds

3/13/2017
More Babies in Strollers, Cribs Winding Up in ER: Study

Concussions driving upswing, with only 1 percent of cases blamed on product failure

3/1/2017
Women and Concussion Risks

Women athletes are at higher risk of concussion than men, new study finds.

2/28/2017
Concussions More Likely in Female Athletes

Why remains unclear, researchers say

2/23/2017
NHL Veterans Pledge Their Brains to Research

Donations will be used to study CTE, other conditions linked to repetitive head trauma

2/19/2017
Repeat Head Hits May Not Put NFL Players at Risk of Motor Problems

Study aimed to see if former pro football players faced the same fate as many professional boxers

2/15/2017
Student-Athletes Don't Have to Be Hit By Injuries

Equipment safety, emergency training and time for recovery are key to avoiding trouble, experts say

2/15/2017
Small Study Uncovers Brain Disease in Former Soccer Players

Autopsies show evidence of CTE, the degenerative condition linked to repetitive head trauma

2/10/2017
Driving Skills May Suffer Even After Concussion Symptoms Subside

Erratic swerving showed up in tests taken after young patients thought they had recovered

2/10/2017
College Students Seem to Take Longer to Recover From Concussion

Average is 1-2 weeks, but study found some kids needed more than 3 weeks to get better

2/3/2017
30 Former NFL Players Pledge Their Brains for Research

Donations will be used to study CTE, other conditions linked to repetitive head trauma

2/1/2017
'Heading' Soccer Ball Not Smart for the Brain

It's tied to higher concussion risk in players, study finds

1/31/2017
Tamer Version of Youth Football Looks to Address Safety Concerns

It would feature fewer players, smaller fields and less contact, USA Football officials say

1/13/2017
Link Seen Between Concussions and Alzheimer's

But study didn't prove head injuries cause the degenerative brain disease

1/5/2017
Kids With Concussion Need Vision Check Before Return to School

Lingering eye problems linked to poorer academic performance

12/23/2016
Concussion and Exercise

Exercise in week after concussion may help kids' recovery, study suggests

12/22/2016
New Approach to Concussion Diagnosis

Ability to process sound provides clues about brain injury, researchers say

12/20/2016
Rest May Not Be Best for Kids After Concussion

Study suggests light activity may help speed recovery

12/12/2016
Was Football Safer Back in the Day?

Study found those who played in high school in 1950s and '60s don't face increased risk of dementia

12/2/2016
Brain Harm May Last Long After College Football Players' Final Game

Small study found evidence of cortical thinning years later

11/28/2016
Researchers Explore Way to Detect Brain Injury in NFL Players

The goal: to spot early signs of concussion-related head trauma

11/11/2016
Blood Test May Someday Diagnose Concussion

Small study suggests markers in the blood might spot when brain injury has occurred

11/7/2016
Few States Have Plans for Kids Returning to Class After Concussion

Students need an appropriate return to mental work, doctors say

11/7/2016
Concussion Recovery and Learning

Few laws in place for post-concussion return to class, according to new study.

11/3/2016
More Years Playing Football, Greater Risk of Brain Disease: Study

Researchers track link between concussion-related inflammation and degenerative CTE

10/24/2016
Brain Changes Seen in Kids After One Season of Football

Not yet clear if those changes are lasting or meaningful

10/21/2016
1 in 3 Young Athletes With Concussion Returns to Play on Same Day

But, medical recommendation is to stay out of game after head injury

9/16/2016
Parents' Use of Outdated Advice May Slow Concussion Recovery

Once-recommended practices such as waking a sleeping child for periodic checks can delay healing, expert says

9/14/2016
Antidepressant Might Prevent Depression Following Brain Injury

Small study suggests the approach could work, but experts say larger trials are needed

9/13/2016
New Approach Helps Ease Teens' Stubborn Concussion Symptoms

Kids with lingering effects may need talk therapy, too, study suggests

9/8/2016
Concussion Video Kicks Off NFL Season

Sent to every player, it describes return-to-play rules and how to recognize when to seek help

8/24/2016
Kids' Mild Brain Injury Can Have Long-Term Effects

Early head trauma linked to psychiatric, financial issues as adults, study finds

8/24/2016
Youth Football and Head Trauma Risk

Football tackling/blocking drills pose highest injury risk, study finds.

8/23/2016
Young Football Players Tackle Greatest Concussion Risk at Practice

But experts disagree about whether certain collision drills should be curtailed

8/22/2016
Head Injury Screening Tests Approved

Assess brain function after possible concussions

8/5/2016
Brief Return of Concussion Symptoms Normal Part of Recovery: Study

It's not a setback, pediatric specialist says

7/27/2016
Safer Heads Prevail With New High School Football Rule

When full-contact practices were limited, blows to the head dropped, study found

7/18/2016
Concussion Study Shows Player-to-Player Hits Most Damaging

Running longer before the contact happens also spells more trouble