A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. They are caused by a bump or blow to the head. Even what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not be noticed until days or weeks after the injury. If your child reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms yourself, seek medical attention right away.

  • The Heads Up Football program has been sold to youth football leagues and parents as statistically proven to reduce injuries, but a review of the evidence tells a different story. The NFL and USA Football claim that an independent study showed that the Heads Up Football program reducing injuries by 76%  and concussions by about 30%. That study, published in July 2015, showed no such thing, a review by The New York Times has found.

  • For the first time, doctors can now evaluate signs and symptoms of head injuries with two new testing devices approved by the FDA. The devices are not intended to diagnose concussion, but are meant to test cognitive skills such as word memory, reaction time and word recognition.

  • There are no bomb blasts or collisions with burly linemen in Susan Contreras' past. Her headaches, memory loss and bouts of confused thinking were a mystery until doctors suggested a probable cause: domestic violence. The abuse from her ex-partner took a heavy emotional toll, Contreras says. But even though he sometimes knocked her out, she hadn't considered that her brain might have been as damaged as her psyche

  • Nearly 20 years after a car accident, Janna Hockenjos’ father was still grappling with the effects of a brain injury that damaged his frontal lobe, the control center for executive functions. He struggled with addiction and made poor decisions. He was impulsive and angry. He couldn’t work and couldn’t focus. Janna suggested her father try yoga with her. Six months later, he was less impulsive, more kind and started to engage with the world.

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