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
- Skates, skateboards, and scooters
- Sports and recreation
- Falling down
Physical violence such as
- Assault and battery
- Domestic violence
- Child abuse
Last reviewedJanuary 2015by Michael Woods, MD
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