A concussion is an injury to your brain. The brain does not work right for a while after a concussion. You may have problems with things like memory, balance, concentration, judgement, and coordination.

Your brain will need time to heal after a concussion. Most will have a full recovery with the proper rest and monitoring.

A concussion is caused by a sudden, violent jolt to the brain. It may be caused by:

  • A blow to the head
  • Severe jarring or shaking—like a bad fall
  • Abruptly coming to a stop—most common in car accidents

How a Concussion Occurs
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Concussions most often occur with events that involve:

  • Motor vehicles
  • Bicycles
  • Skates, skateboards, and scooters
  • Sports and recreation
  • Falling down
  • Firearms
  • Physical violence such as
    • Assault and battery
    • Domestic violence
    • Child abuse