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Effects of Concussion

About Concussions

The effects of concussion vary from person to person. Here’s what you need to know:  

  • Concussions can happen to any athlete, male and female, in any sport. They are also a common occurrence in motor vehicle, workplace, and home accidents.
  • Prior history of a concussion increases the risk of another concussion, particularly in the first year.
  • Less than 10% of concussions result in loss of consciousness.
  • Rest is important - both physical and cognitive - to let the brain heal. Physical rest includes not participating in athletics or fitness activities until symptoms resolve. Cognitive rest includes eliminating or significantly decreasing time spent in activities that stimulate the brain such as reading, watching television, playing video games, or listening to music.

Learn more about the signs and symptoms of concussion.

For more information on treatments for symptoms of concussion, read about our Dizziness, Balance and Neuro Rehabilitation Clinic.

To learn more about the impact of brain and spinal trauma, visit our Neuroscience Services page.