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Heads Up: The truth on #concussions 

Signs of concussion can be hard to discern

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A concussion is an injury to the brain that results in temporary loss of normal brain function and usually is caused by a blow to the head, according to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS). Often there are no outward signs of head trauma; many people never lose consciousness. Symptoms can begin immediately or weeks or months after an injury.

  Below are the causes of concussions, as well as a list of symptoms and signs of injury.

Symptoms

Nausea or vomiting (early stages)

Difficulty remembering new information, concentrating and thinking quickly and clearly

Headache

Blurry vision

Dizziness, balance problems

Sensitivity to light

Bothered by noise

Lack of energy

Nervous or anxious

Sleeping too much, too little or trouble falling asleep

Heightened emotions

Irritable

Ringing in the ears

Loss of smell or taste

danger signs

Seek medical help

Drowsy and can't be fully wakened

Persistent vomiting or nausea

Pupils are different sizes

Convulsions or seizures

Confusion, can't recognize familiar things

Loses consciousness

Crying and can't be consoled

Prolonged headache that worsens and won't go away

Physical weakness, numbness or loss of coordination

Can't perform tasks that require sequential steps

Slurred speech

Unusual behavior

Loss of appetite and refusal to eat

— Sources: CDC and AANS

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