FREQUENTLY ASK QUESTIONS REGARDING CONCUSSIONS

Q: How does a concussion typically occur?
A: Concussions are categorized as a traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump or blow to the head. Concussions can also result from a jolt to the body or fall that causes the head and brain to move back and forth quickly. While not always the case, concussions often occur during sports and physical activity.

Q: What are the symptoms of a concussion?
A: It is highly important that coaches and parents alike understand the symptoms of a concussion. Athletes with a concussion may try to “tough it out” if the symptoms aren’t terrible or may not even notice any issues right away.

It is up to the coach to know the signs enough to make the call and pull an athlete out of the game or practice.

Symptoms of a concussion are most often placed into four categories:

  • Thinking/Remembering
    • Difficulty thinking clearly
    • Trouble concentrating
    • Can’t remember new information
  • Physical
    • Headache
    • Fuzzy/blurry vision
    • Sensitivity to light and sound
    • Lacking energy
  • Emotional/Mood
    • Irritability
    • More emotional
    • Nervousness
    • Anxiety
    • Sadness
  • Sleep
    • Sleeping more than usual
    • Sleeping less than usual
    • Trouble falling asleep

Q: How common are concussions?
A: In 2012, there were more than 3.8 million concussions reported – double what was recorded a decade before.

Contact sports account for more of the reported concussions than non-contact sports, though all physical activity carries a risk.

  • 47% of all reported sports concussions happen during high school football
  • Football carries the most risk for concussion for males (75% chance)
  • Soccer carries the most risk for concussion for females (50% chance)
  • Female soccer players suffer from nearly 40% more concussions than males

While many may think that concussions are isolated incidences, they are much more common than you may think, and they don’t only happen during a high-intensity game or match.

  • 1 in 5 high school athletes will suffer from a concussion during their sports season
  • 33% of all sports-related concussions happen at practice
  • High school athletes who have previously suffered a concussion are three times more likely to endure another concussion in the same season

For additional statistics:
Sports Concussion Statistics