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Don’t get in over your head and ignore a concussion. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. TBIs can also happen when a fall or blow to the body makes the head and brain move quickly back and forth. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or a mild bump on the head can be serious. While most people with a concussion feel better within a couple of weeks, some will have symptoms that last for months or even longer. People with a concussion need to be seen by a medical professional. Getting help soon after the injury can help speed your recovery.


Key Facts & Prevention Tips

  • Use safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs when young children are around.
  • Athletes with a possible concussion should be immediately removed from play. They should not return to play the same day of the injury and until cleared by an appropriate medical professional.
  • Be sure the surface under your child’s playground is made of soft material, such as mulch or sand.


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