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There Is No Such Thing as a Minor Concussion

More than 1.5 million Americans experience a traumatic brain injury each year, up to 75% of which are considered to be mild. Concussions are considered to be a form of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) because they're typically not life-threatening, but it's becoming increasingly clear that concussions are often not mild, instead leading to serious symptoms and lasting changes in the brain.  A concussion occurs when a bump, blow or jolt to the head or body causes the head and brain to move back and forth rapidly. The jarring movement can stretch and damage brain cells while also leading to chemical changes in the brain.  Because many people do not see a doctor following a concussion, their incidence may be much higher than estimated. In terms of sport-related MTBI, 1.6 million to 3.8 million cases may occur annually in the U.S, and 15% of people who experience MTBI may experience ongoing, debilitating effects.  Read more....

 

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