Concussions are a form of traumatic brain injury. They usually are not life-threatening but their effects can be very serious. They can be caused by a bump or blow to the head or body causing the brain to move back and forth in the skull. This movement can change how the brain usually functions. A person doesn’t have to play sports to get a concussion. They can happen in a car accident or while playing with friends at recess or at home.
Concussion signs and symptoms can show up right after the injury, but sometimes do not appear until hours or even days afterwards. Some concussions will develop into “Post-concussion syndrome” which is a complex disorder in which a number of post-concussion symptoms — such as headaches and dizziness — last for weeks and sometimes months after the injury that caused the initial injury.
A diverse group of professionals at Cincinnati Children’s work together to improve evidence based care and outcomes for all children with head injuries across the region.
Visit the Brain Health and Wellness Center to learn more about concussion recovery.