A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI). It is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. Some of the ways you can get a concussion are when you hit your head during a fall, car crash, or sports injury. Health care professionals sometime refer to concussions as “mild” brain injuries because they are usually not life-threatening. Even so, their effects can be serious.
Note: The information contained on this page is not a substitute for appropriate evaluation and treatment with your medical provider. If you have suffered a concussion, you should be seen by your primary care physician.
In addition, per California law, youth athletes (<18 years of age) who have suffered a concussion must be “evaluated and cleared by a licensed health care provider trained in the management of concussions” prior to returning to sports.