What You Need to Know About Concussion
What is a Concussion?
A concussion is a disturbance in brain function following a direct blow to the head or violent shaking of the head. Because most concussions do not lead to a loss of consciousness, the signs of a concussion may not be immediately apparent.
Short-term symptoms of concussion may include:
- amnesia surrounding the traumatic event
- slurred speech
Delayed symptoms (appearing hours or days after injury) may include:
- irritability or personality changes
- sleep disturbances
- sensitivity to light and noise
- issues with concentration and memory
- disorders of taste and smell
Review Date: August 29, 2014
September 4, 2014