This podcast describes how to take care of yourself after a concussion, including proper recognition and response recommendations. Created: 3/17/2010 by National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC).
Date Released: 3/17/2010. Series Name: CDC Featured Podcasts.
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A concussion is a brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that changes the way your brain works normally. A concussion can affect thinking, language, learning, emotions, behavior, and sleep.
Most people with concussion recover quickly and fully. However, sometimes symptoms can last for days, weeks, or longer.
Rest is very important because it helps the brain to heal. Exercising or activities that involve a lot of concentration, such as working on the computer, driving, studying, or playing video games may cause concussion symptoms to get worse or reappear.
After a concussion:
• Get plenty of sleep at night, and rest during the day;
• Avoid activities that are physically demanding or require a lot of concentration; and
• Ask your doctor when you can safely drive a car, ride a bike, or operate heavy equipment.