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A concussion is described as a type of traumatic brain injury involving an immediate or transient loss of consciousness accompanied by a brief period of amnesia after a blow to the head1. However, there is no universally agreed upon medical definition, and considerable confusion persists among physicians and the public regarding concussions and the post-concussion syndrome.

This event affects about 128 people per 100,000 in the U.S. annually. Symptoms include headaches, nausea, sensitivity to light, fatigue, depression, and possible brain damage.

Young children have the highest rates of concussion. Sports and bicycle accidents account for the majority of cases among 5- to 14-year-olds, whereas falls and vehicular accidents are the most common causes of concussion in adults.


As science works to study and catch up to this type of injury, learning safe falling techniques can decrease the risk of this type of serious injury and keep you & your loved ones protected in the event of a fall. Be prepared and don't fall victim to a dangerous situation.

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1. Ropper AH, Gorson KC (2007). "Clinical practice. Concussion". New England Journal of Medicine 356 (2): 166–72.

 

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