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Hard Knocks: Why a blow to the head can have such devastating consequences

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Hard Knocks: Why a blow to the head can have such devastating consequences

A CONCUSSION is a mild form of brain trauma caused by an external blow to the head that forces the brain to move around within the skull. Depending on the severity of the blow, the location of the impact and how the person falls, the effects of a concussion can range from nausea and dizziness, to unconsciousness and hours of memory loss.

 

The short-term effects of a concussion wear off within a number of days, however once a person suffers a concussion, they are nearly twice as likely to suffer another similar injury.

 

''Generally [with] all brain injury, once you have a brain injury you're more likely to get another brain injury and in many cases, up to two times more likely and that's for a range of reasons and that depends on where the damage has been sustained,'' says Glen Farlow from the Queensland Brain Injury Association, Synapse.

References and further information

The original article was produced by Sydney Morning Herald.

 

For the rest of the article, visit the Morning Herald website.

http://www.smh.com.au/sport/hard-knocks-why-a-blow-to-the-head-can-have-such-devastating-consequences-20120511-1yi39.html

 

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