A concussion is the most common type of brain injury sustained in sports. Concussions are caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head, face, neck or elsewhere on the body that results in rapid movement of the brain inside the skull. The sudden movement of the brain causes injury that disrupts the way the brain functions.
Health care professionals sometimes describe a concussion as a "mild" brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening; however, concussions can cause serious long-term complications and may even result in death. It is important to remember that even a "ding," "getting your bell rung," or what seems to be mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. It is best to refer an athlete to a health care professional if a concussion is suspected.
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