CONCUSSION INFO THAT WON’T MAKE YOU DIZZY

CONCUSSION INFO THAT WON’T MAKE YOU DIZZY

A concussion is basically a bruise inside the brain. It acts like any other bruise on your body—the area swells a little and gets tender, and it takes time to heal. So what’s the big deal? Everybody freaks out, because the bruise is in your brain—the control center of your body. Your brain doesn’t heal as quickly or easily as other parts of your body. Healing from a concussion isn’t like having a broken leg and being able to hobble around on crutches.

Concussions take time to get better. After a while, the swelling goes down. But if you keep reinjuring any bruise, it will only hurt more and stick around longer. This is why you need to rest your brain. That means you shouldn’t do anything to over-stimulate your brain. Stay off screens and out of sports until your brain is healed. Stimulating your brain when you have a concussion is no different than banging your leg against a chair when you have a huge bruise on your shin—it hurts, and it won’t heal.

All concussions are different, and symptoms can include headache, confusion, lack of coordination, nausea, and sleepiness. Ask a parent to help you look up all the signs and become familiar with them.

When in doubt, sit it out. Never go back to a game when you think you have a concussion!