Concussion Basics

By 05.12.2015 interact

A concussion is an injury to the brain that is usually caused by a blow to the head and as many as 10 percent of athletes in contact sports experience one each year. In fact, a 2007 Ohio State University study showed that “sports are second only to motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of traumatic brain injury among people aged 15 to 24 years.”

While a concussion can be serious or minor, you won’t know either way until you see a doctor. And with 4 in 10 high school athletes returning to the field before it’s safe after a blow to the head, according to the Center for Injury Research and Policy, it’s important to have a proper diagnosis.

Take the quiz below to learn the signs and symptoms of a concussion so you’ll know what to do if you or a friend might have one. The information provided is not meant to substitute professional medical consultation and treatment. ALWAYS err on the side of caution when it comes to a head injury. If you think you might need to see a doctor, you probably should.

Information source: Mayo Clinic


  1. Julia

    I disagree with “Rowan T” banding football will break people. I has became a hobby even watching it. I can imagine life without football. Every Sunday I sit in my living room watching the New York Giants or the Seattle Seahawks game with my dad. Its our thing. Football is life and I am a Girl.

  2. Julia

    I am glad I don’t play football I am the CHEERLEADER!!

  3. Railey

    Head injuries are very serious so you guys should think twice before risking your head to a sport



  5. Rowan T

    I think that they should ban football, it’s hurting too many people. Sorry football players, you need to find some where else.

  6. HERNAN7

    I like football but I rather play soccer, my favorite sport, than getting a concussion playing football.

  7. Maria Pereyda

    My favorite sport is Basketball and I have an injured knee but I just have a knee brace on and I still play even when I get hurt I still play because BASKETBALL IS LIFE.

  8. Hernan

    I like football but I rather play soccer.

  9. Mrs Oldani's Class

    I’m sure there are other ways to make football safer than expensive high-tech helmets.

  10. Jacob

    I love football and know it can give me a concussion but that wont stop me from playing. I know the risks and that’s a chance I’m willing to take.

  11. Callie

    Ouch! I feel bad for the many athletes who get concussions and have brain damage as they grow older. 🙁

  12. Izzy

    Wow! I never realized that there are so many ways to get a concussion! Even during cross country we played a running game and my friend accidentally completely dive-bombed into my head. I have always gotten headaches, but since then, they have been getting worse. 🙁

  13. Joseph

    I Like BasketBall The Most Out Of Football and BaseBall o3o

  14. Football Player


  15. ben cooper

    football is life forget that but movie awesome

  16. Kayla Schulz

    I scored a 90 on the quiz, and realized that shaking violently can cause concussions also. Along with the fact that some people get worse effects from concussions from going back to playing the sport, not getting looked at, or not being watched for the next 24 hours.

  17. jose

    that hurts rather play baseball

    • Football Player

      im switching

  18. Miller faircloth

    cam is weird

  19. Travis ross

    I know it hurts

    • Miller faircloth


  20. PieAl7

    Injuries 🙁

    • jose


      • young thug

        lol right

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