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The danger of concussions


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A concussion is an injury to the brain caused by a blow to the head. The blow to the head causes shaking, stretching, swelling, or tearing of brain tissue and delicate nerve fibers. Your brain moves around unexpectedly and in some cases worse than others, pretty scary. They may cause you to become temporarily confused or disoriented, have memory loss or become unconscious.

These head injuries mostly happen in sports, but can also happen other ways, per say, a car accident, like me. I hit my head so hard while riding behind passenger that I got a concussion. I had (and still have on and off) symptoms of a horrible headache, confusion, nausea, weakness and some trouble focusing. Which are only a number of all the symptoms possible due to a concussion…

They are treated by simple resting, headaches and nausea with over-the-counter medications. Taking it as easy as possible, lots of liquid and easy digestive foods are your best friends while dealing with a concussion.

Overall, concussions are a serious injury. it’s important to not return to any sport or physical activity too soon to avoid complications. Anything can happen, you wouldn’t want to worsen the situation. A second blow to the head can be fatal if the first injury isn’t properly healed, even if the second seems minor. In my case, I have a week to return to activity. Concussions are graded as I, II, or III, depending on the confusion, amnesia, or loss of consciousness and how severe these symptoms are. Though, with very mild concussions, you may be able to return within 20 to 30 minutes. With severity, you may not be able to return for up to a month.

If you’ve never had a concussion, you may not know how they feel or what they’re like, if you haven’t figured after reading this, they are not so fun. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings even though accidents happen. Take precaution. Be safe. Let your shoulders drop, unclench your hands and jaw, take a deep breath. Most importantly be thankful, don’t forget how precious life is.

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