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Health Tip: Help Prevent a Concussion

Health Tip: Help Prevent a Concussion


(HealthDay News) -- A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that occurs from a significant blow to the head.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says while it's unclear about how much, if any, brain damage occurs from a concussion, the injury does temporarily impair brain function.

The academy offers these suggestions to protect yourself against a concussion:

  • Always wear protective equipment while playing sports, such as a helmet and mouthguard.
  • Make sure you are well-trained in your specific sport, and that you understand and abide by all rules.
  • If you get hurt, don't downplay or ignore your symptoms to try to return to the game.
  • If you think you have a concussion, do not continue playing and seek medical treatment at once.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.


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