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What do I need to know about concussions?

Someone who has suffered a concussion can be at risk of developing more long-term issues as a result of the injury.

Some of these issues can be very apparent, whilst others can take months or even years to affect the individual.

A recent news article published by the BBC highlighted the damaging effects of concussion on rugby players.

The range of long-term effects on the players’ brains is vast, ranging from early-onset dementia to chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

In serious cases, individuals who suffer a concussion can develop a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of the physical trauma to their head.

In this article, we will be outlining what a concussion is along with a discussion of what the long-term effects of a concussion are.

If you have a loved one that has a TBI, getting the right advice and care in place is vital.

What is a Concussion?

Broadly speaking, a concussion is an injury to the brain caused by direct trauma to the head.

To be classified as a concussion, there is a loss of normal brain function.

Medically this is characterised by an immediate and transient alteration in brain function, including the level of consciousness.

Complications of a concussion

Sadly, some people develop complications after a concussion.

  • These symptoms are categorised as post-concussive syndrome and usually include: Concentration and memory issues; Changes in personality;
  • Headaches;
  • Fatigue,
  • Insomnia: and
  • Excessive drowsiness.

Some or all of these symptoms can persist for several weeks to months after the initial injury.

Due to the complexity of the brain, along with the fact that individuals can present with symptoms in different ways, understanding the needs of someone with a TBI can be difficult.

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