Concussions do not discriminate and can happen to anyone! 360 Balance & Hearing is raising awareness of mild traumatic brain injury as part of National Concussion Awareness Day. National Concussion Awareness Day® is recognized on the third Friday of each September yearly and is registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. On Friday, September 15th National Concussion Awareness Day® will raise awareness across the United States through local educational events, social media, fundraisers and expert discussions in the media.
According to a poll by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center nearly 9 out of 10 adults in the US can’t correctly define a concussion. The Center for Disease Control defines a concussion as “a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.”
Up to 50% of concussions go undiagnosed and untreated. Symptoms commonly last 7-10 days, and include any one or more of the following: headache, confusion, difficulty remembering or paying attention, balance problems or dizziness, feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy, feeling irritable, more emotional, or “down”, nausea or vomiting, bothered by light or noise, double or blurry vision, slowed reaction time, sleep problems, or loss of consciousness. For some people concussion symptoms can persist longer, called Post Concussion Syndrome. Post Concussion Syndrome can last for weeks, months or even years.
A concussion is a mild form of brain injury and should be taken seriously. Culturally, many Americans view a concussion as no big deal, perhaps having been told themselves to “shake it off” or “play through it.” However, returning to situations where an injured person faces another potential blow to the head before a concussion fully heals can result in “Second Impact Syndrome” which can be serious and potentially life threatening.
If you have suffered a concussion, share your story on social media Friday, September 15th and use #NationalConcussionAwarenessDay to tag it. Donations to the Brain Injury Association of America can be made at www.biausa.org.
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