How Dangerous Are Concussions?

Concussions are essentially a functional brain injury. Usually resulting from a blow to the head or violently shaking, concussions may temporarily alter brain function or worse. A recently won lawsuit against the National Football League by former players supports the finding that long-term health consequences of concussion, like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s disease are strong possibilities if a person is subjected to repeated, sports related concussions. Common concussion symptoms include headache, problems with concentrating and memory, and impaired judgment, balance and coordination. If there are no other complications, mental rest and acetaminophen are proper treatment. Dizziness, vomiting slurred speech, among other symptoms, are signs that the injured person needs medical attention.

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