A concussion is not just getting your ‘bell rung’ it is actually a mild brain injury.
It can occur as a result of a hit, jolt, contact, or jarring force to the head. Because it doesn’t usually come with a bruise or gashing open wound, it can actually be more dangerous because the athlete may keep playing and not get treated. An athlete that feels bad, but keeps playing, is at risk for another concussion and potentially worse damage.
Signs and symptoms of concussions vary and can include:
- Blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty remembering
- Difficulty sleeping or more sleepy than usual
- Poor balance
- More emotional or irritable than usual
Imagine how hard it would be to play or perform well when you’re having any of those symptoms above!! A confused Britney is safer off the field or rink or court & resting instead!