Concussions occur pretty frequently in athletes. “An estimated 3.8 million people get concussions each year in the United States.””And 5 percent of high school athletes become concussed each athletic season.” In the athletic community concussions are considered routine and just an experience that comes with playing a sport; however these injuries shouldn’t be taken lightly.


What is a concussion?

  • A concussion occurs after the brain undergoes a traumatic caused by possibly a fall, tackle, jolt, blow, etc. to the head

  • The event causes the brain to move inside the skull

  • The concussion changes the way the brain usually functions


Sports with the most concussions per year

  • Sports with more hands on contact tend to have the most concussions

  • Sports like football, girls soccer, and ice hockey have the most concussions per year

  • Female athletes have shown to have more reported concussions in sports

  • Some other sports with many reported concussions include: wrestling, lacrosse, volleyball, and field hockey.


Short term symptoms of a concussion:

  • Headaches lasting for a long period of time

  • Drowsiness

  • Slurred speech

  • Loss of consciousness

  • General confusion

  • Fatigue

  • Blurred vision

  • Sensitivity to sensory (lighting, sound)


Long term symptoms of concussion (if untreated)

  • If untreated concussions can cause long lasting issues

  • Memory loss

  • Brain damage

  • Personality changes

  • Issues with concentration

  • Depression


Healing process tips


  • Stay away from screens or any activity that makes you concentrate, like reading, writing, etc

  • Get plenty of sleep

  • Stay away from physical activities

  • Stay hydrated

When you begin to have milder symptoms:

  • Introduce activities gradually and consult a doctor about this process

  • Begin to use screens with moderation

  • Still get plenty of rest

  • Increase physical activity little by little each day



We can all choose to be a little safer in sports with some simple prevention tips

  • Invest time and research into helmets for your sport if used

  • Please remember to wear safety equipment

  • Enforce rules of the game (promotes safety)

  • Have conversations with teammates/ coaches about injury prevention



Concussions are caused by a hard blow, so don’t take the recovery process lightly! Stay safe and remember these tips if you ever run into an injury.



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“Concussion in Athletes.” Concussion in Athletes | Michigan Medicine,

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