A concussion, as defined by the CDC, is a traumatic brain injury caused by a bump or blow to the head or a hit to the body that causes the brain to move rapidly back and forth. Like jiggling Jell-O. Unlike jiggling Jell-O, your brain does important things, so smashing it around against your hard-ass skull is no bueno, senors.
Concussions are not, generally, life threatening, but obviously continuous damage to random parts of your brain over time is not going to bode well in the long run. Concussions are usually deemed as “mild brain injuries” but any hit could quickly turn into a severe brain injury or brain bleed. This is why most sports take special care to avoid concussions and to limit damage done to concussed players.
Some observable signs of a potential concussion:
Loss of consciousness
Slow to get up following a hit to the head
Motor coordination/balance problems (stumbles or slow to move)
Self reported symptoms could include:
Tinnitus (ringing in your ears)
The only cure for a concussion is time. After a TBI, the brain needs time to heal and that time comes in the form of rest. If any symptoms of a concussion are observed after a player has been hit in the head, he/she must be immediately removed from the game and put under observation.
Except, apparently, when you are an NFL quarterback that costs millions of dollars to employ. Then, you can go to the locker room and be evaluated by your employer’s medical staff. Totally unbiased, I’m sure.
Sure looks like J-E-L-L-O to me.
But let’s put him back in so this can happen:
*thumbs up emoji*
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