With the warmer weather approaching, many of us are into outdoor activities such as ball games and running.
Accidents can occur and in some cases falls might result in concussions.
A concussion is a blow to the head causing altered consciousness and a disruption in normal brain function.
Some causes of a concussion include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Failing to wear protective headgear during recreational activities
- Playing team sports such as football, baseball or soccer
Immediate signs and symptoms of a concussion can include:
- Loss of consciousness
Always monitor individuals for mental and physical changes such as:
- Persistent headache
- Numbness or reduced coordinator in extremities
- Slurred speech
Seek medical advice after a blow to the head if you or a love one has signs and symptoms of a concussion. Even though a person may appear to recover quickly, he or she could be suffering from a more serious injury such as brain swelling.