Health Tip: Help Prevent a Concussion10/29/12
(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
- 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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