What is Concussion

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Concussion_WhatIsA concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that results from 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, stretching and damaging the brain cells and creating chemical changes in the brain.

While some research shows that the young brain can be resilient, it may also be more susceptible to the chemical changes that occur in the brain after a concussion. These changes can lead to a set of symptoms affecting the cognitive, physical, emotional, and sleep functions.

Concussions affect people differently. Symptoms may last for a few days or a week, while a more serious concussion can last for weeks, months or even longer.