A concussion is a common sports injury experienced by a wide range of athletes. A concussion happens when a force causes the brain to quickly move back and forth inside the skull. The force can be caused by direct contact with the head or by a blow to the body causing the head to rapidly rotate.
Various symptoms may present after a concussion. The most common symptoms to be aware of are: headaches, loss of consciousness, drowsiness, irritability, confusion, problems balancing, dizziness, and nausea and vomiting.
Treatment protocols revolve around complete rest. Physical and mental rest is used to treat concussions. Physical activities, reading, and screen time should all be limited until symptoms resolve.