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Irish Independent - Health & Living - - MIND YOURSELF -

CON­CUS­SION IS A MILD, TRAU­MATIC BRAIN IN­JURY

It is im­por­tant that all con­cus­sions are taken se­ri­ously and treated ap­pro­pri­ately. Af­ter a con­cus­sion the en­ergy lev­els of the brain are de­pleted, and blood flow to the brain is de­creased. Sig­nalling be­tween brain cells is dis­rupted. This leads to the com­mon symp­toms of con­cus­sion and is also re­ferred to as ‘the sprained brain’.

How­ever, be­cause no symp­toms are vis­i­ble on the out­side, it can be missed, and so con­cus­sion aware­ness is very im­por­tant. Most sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions are pro-ac­tive in man­ag­ing the is­sue of con­cus­sion. How­ever, the more mem­bers of the pub­lic who are ‘con­cus­sion aware’ the bet­ter. You may end up be­ing a big help to some­one.

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