AUG 01, 2016 1:00 AM PDT

The danger and prevalence of concussions

WRITTEN BY: Jennifer Ellis
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury. Concussions pose serious health risk for any athlete, regardless of level, gender, and age. A person can suffer a concussion after experiencing a blow to the head. While most fully recover from concussions, this brain injury should not be taken lightly as it can lead to more severe conditions.
 
You can get a concussion even if you don’t play a sport. Traumatic brain injuries caused 30 percent of all injury-related deaths in the U.S., and most of those TBIs are caused due to falls. Among children 14 and younger, falls caused 55 percent of all traumatic brain injuries (between 2006 to 2010). Unfortunately, concussions affect children more severely than adults. Here are more concussion facts to remember if you ever hit your head…

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About the Author
  • I love all things science and am passionate about bringing science to the public through writing. With an M.S. in Genetics and experience in cancer research, marketing and technical writing, it is a pleasure to share the latest trends and findings in science on LabRoots.
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