MINNEAPOLIS --- Each day thousands of people 'get their bell rung' or 'get dinged' while enjoying some physical fun. Concussions can occur during any sports or recreational activity.
According to the MN Brain Injury Association, an estimated 100,000 Minnesotans have experienced a brain injury. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says each day in this country, 475 young people are taken to the emergency room to be evaluated.
Since most people never lose consciousness, they tend to avoid seeking medical help. That's why it is important to know the signs and symptoms associated with concussions.
- Frequent headaches
- Ringing in the ears
- Blurred or double vision
- Short-term memory loss, such as forgetting names or numbers
- Slowness in thinking
- Difficulty learning new tasks
- Trouble making decisions or frequently getting lost
- More irritable or angry
- Laughing or crying more often
- More sad or depressed than before
- Difficulty sleeping
The CDC says anyone who takes a hit to the head should be taken out of the game. To be safe, the person should be evaluated by a medical professional before returning to action. Failing to do so puts the individual at further risk of suffering a life-changing injury.