As summer is coming to and end, and football season is approaching. There are some things we need to be aware of - and I’m not talking about what food and beer to bring to the tailgate. I’m talking about Concussions. Although we've all probably seen Will Smith's Concussion, let's dive a little deeper so we can get a better understanding. What are they? How do they happen? And what do you need to know?
What are they?
According to the CDC, a concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—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 trauma can cause the brain to bounce in the skull resulting in a chemical change. This change can cause stretching and swelling which can result in damaged neurons and cells in the brain.