A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury according to the Centers for Disease Control.
They are often caused by a blow to the head.
Doctors describe concussions as a mild brain injury because they are not typically life threatening.
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The effects, however, can be very serious.
The CDC has a series of tips for anyone who may have suffered a concussion.
- Rest: Be sure to get plenty of sleep at night, and rest during the day
- Avoid physically demanding activity
- Ask a doctor when it is safe to drive a car, ride a bike, or operate heavy equipment
- Do not drink alcohol: Alcohol consumption can put you at risk of further injury and slow recovery
The CDC strongly recommends concussion victims keep talking to their doctors and get help from family as you recover both physically and emotionally. (READ MORE)