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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.
This free educational class is offered monthly via Zoom. For meeting information, call (916) 453-7939 or email [email protected].
The Centers for Disease Control provides guidance on how to recognize and respond to a concussion, be alert for other serious brain injuries, and how to safely return to school and sports.
Download this printable document, also from the CDC, that shares information about what to expect after a concussion, including recognizing symptoms and knowing when to go to the emergency room.
In the event of traumatic brain injury, the Mercy Outpatient Rehabilitation Center offers a Home and Community Reintegration Program.
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.