Heads Up: How to Spot and Avoid Non-Sports Concussions

Heads Up: How to Spot and Avoid Non-Sports Concussions

Source: Parent Map

According to the journal Continuing Education in Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain in 2013, “traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in young adults in the developed world.” Concussions are a mild form of TBI. Though there has been a great deal of media attention about concussion dangers in sports, “The majority of kids’ concussions come from falling, riding bikes and other accidents,” says Dr. Richard Ellenbogen, a neurosurgeon at Seattle Children’s. This makes it critical for parents to learn to recognize the signs of concussion themselves. Ninety percent of concussions do not result in loss of consciousness, so Ellenbogen suggests that parents think of a concussion as “any neurologic change that differs from the baseline.” Symptoms include headache, nausea or vomiting, unusual behavior, irritability and sensitivity to light or noise.

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