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Recognizing and handling the symptoms of a concussion -- Part I

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Since the much-publicized, multi-million dollar head injury lawsuit filed against the National Football League by former athletes, many people in in Roanoke, Virginia, and the rest of the country, have become conscious about the serious risks associated with concussions. While not all concussions are life-threatening, the Center of Diseases Control and Prevention highlights the fact that the consequences of certain concussions can be severe.

In many cases, a full recovery is possible within a short period of time. If the victim is a child or an older adult, however, the recovery process is often much slower. If symptoms of a concussion continue for an extended period, regardless of the age of the victim, the situation is considered to be serious. The same holds true for those who have suffered a concussion previously.

In an effort to clearly define the symptoms of a concussion, technically a brain injury, the CDC has prepared a matrix that considers symptoms from four crucial areas. Those four areas include the symptoms that affect a victim's ability to remember and think, symptoms that affect a victim's physical abilities, symptoms that affect a victim's emotions and mood and symptoms that affect a victim's sleep patterns.

Some of the aforementioned symptoms of a concussion may appear immediately, although sometimes symptoms of concussion appear after a significant amount of time has passed. This usually happens after the victim returns to normal life and the body starts feeling exertion caused by physical activities. Unfortunately, many people are unable to understand the symptoms, which may worsen the situation.

It is important to seek medical attention immediately when involved with any head injury.

Source: Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, "Concussion," Feb. 26, 2015

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