Every parent knows the feeling: You’re standing on the sidelines of your son’s football game, proudly cheering on your little quarterback, when he gets hit. He falls to the ground, the other team’s biggest player falls on top of him. You watch helplessly as your child pulls themselves up, stumbles unstably to the sidelines, pulls of his helmet and starts puking. Your child has a concussion. Read more »
Concussion is the term for when a blow to the head is hard enough to cause the brain to swell. Similar to when you hit your shin on something hard, and the spot where you hit it swells up and becomes a hard knot, when something hits the head hard enough, the brain can swell up. However unlike other parts of your body, the brain is in a hard casing, the skull, so it has a limited amount of space to swell. The swelling changes the way some of the processes in the brain work, which can be seen as changes in your childs behavior.
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