A concussion is an injury to the brain caused by a blow to the head. Concussions can cause you to have memory loss, confusion, disorientation, and sometimes loss of consciousness. It is the most common form of a head injury.
Dr. James Distefano explains the causes and implications of receiving a concussion.
A concussion occurs when a blow to the head causes some tearing, shearing, jarring, or shaking of the brain, which can lead to some swelling or in some cases bleeding of brain tissue and delicate nerve fibers.
These symptoms called post concussion syndrome can occur from hours, to days, to weeks after the injury.
The important thing to remember in the prevention of concussions is to wear proper headgear and to use proper technique in any sport and activity. Some people recommend mouthpieces, which are good in an indirect way to help prevent major concussions. You should always remember not to return to the sport before the first concussion is resolved and make sure you have been cleared by your Physician that deals with sports medicine injuries.