LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Every Monday we highlight important health information for you and your family. This morning we'rebringing attention to brian injuries.

Over 1.7 million people every year suffer from one. Teresa Belew with the Injury Prevention and Control for the department of health is here with some advice.

What is a Concussion?
• A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way the brain normally works.
• Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.

Signs Observed by Coaching Staff
• Appears dazed or stunned
• Is confused about assignment or position
• Forgets instruction
• Unsure of game, score or opponent
• Moves clumsily
• Answers questions slowly
• Loses consciousness (even briefly)
• Shows mood, behavior or personality changes
• Can't recall events prior to or after hit or fall

Symptoms Reported by Athlete
• Headache or "pressure" in head
• Nausea or vomiting
• Balance problems or dizziness
• Double or blurry vision
• Sensitivity to light
• Sensitivity to noise
• Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy
• Concentration or memory problems
• Confusion
• Does not "feel right" or is "feeling down"

What Can Parents Do?

• Remove the athlete from play. When in doubt, keep the athlete out of play.
• Ensure that the athlete is evaluated by a health care professional. And report any previous concussions.
• Keep informed about the facts on concussion. See .pdf of Parents poster that is attached.
• Keep the athlete out of play until a health care professional says it's OK. A repeat concussion that occurs before the brain recovers from the first-usually within a short period of time (hours, days, or weeks)-can slow recovery or increase the likelihood of having long-term problems. In rare cases, repeat concussions can result in edema (brain swelling), permanent brain damage, and even death.

If you think you have a concussion:
• Don't hide it!
• Report it!
• Take time to recover!

Concussions are preventable and prevention works

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