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Concussion signs and symptoms with voiceover copy

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  1. Concussion Signs and Symptoms

    Slide 1 - Concussion Signs and Symptoms

    • What every student needs to know
  2. What is a Concussion?

    Slide 2 - What is a Concussion?

  3. What is a Concussion?

    Slide 3 - What is a Concussion?

  4. Interesting Facts about Concussions

    Slide 4 - Interesting Facts about Concussions

    • Most people with a concussion recover quickly and fully.
    • Symptoms can last for days, weeks, or longer.
    • Recovery may be slower among older adults, young children, and teens.
    • Those with additional concussions take longer to recover.
  5. A concussed person is more likely to have additional concussions

    Slide 5 - A concussed person is more likely to have additional concussions

    • Women are more susceptible due to weaker neck muscles
    • Genetic factors affect susceptibility and recovery
    • Teenagers usually have more severe symptoms than adults or young children
    • Concussions can occur even if there is not a direct blow to the head
  6. Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion   video

    Slide 6 - Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion video

  7. Categories of Symptoms of a Concussion

    Slide 7 - Categories of Symptoms of a Concussion

    • Thinking/remembering
    • Physical
    • Emotional/Mood
    • Sleep
  8. Thinking/Remembering

    Slide 8 - Thinking/Remembering

    • Difficulty thinking clearly
    • Feeling “slowed down”
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Difficulty remembering new information
  9. Physical Symptoms

    Slide 9 - Physical Symptoms

    • Headache
    • Fuzzy/blurry vision
    • Nausea/vomiting (usually early on)
    • Dizziness
    • Sensitivity to noise or light
    • Balance problems
    • Feeling tired, having no energy
  10. Emotional/Mood changes

    Slide 10 - Emotional/Mood changes

    • Cranky
    • Sadness
    • More emotional than normal
    • Nervousness/anxiety
  11. Sleep

    Slide 11 - Sleep

    • Sleep more than usual
    • Sleep less than usual
    • Trouble falling asleep and staying asleep
  12. Symptoms of a Concussion

    Slide 12 - Symptoms of a Concussion

    • May appear right away
    • Others may not be noticed for days after the injury
    • Some people may not recognize or admit that they have problems/symptoms
    • Others may not understand why they are upset or feeling different
  13. The signs and symptoms of a concussion can be difficult to sort out

    Slide 13 - The signs and symptoms of a concussion can be difficult to sort out

    • Early on, problems may be missed by the person with the concussion, family members, or doctors
    • A person with a concussion may look fine even though they are acting or feeling differently
  14. How is a Concussion Diagnosed ?

    Slide 14 - How is a Concussion Diagnosed ?

    • MRI and CAT scans detect bleeding within the brain tissue
    • May not be present with a concussion
    • X-rays detect fractures of the skull bones
    • May not be present with a concussion
    • Loss of Consciousness (LOC) does NOT
    • have to occur to have a Concussion
    • May not be present with a concussion
    • Diagnosis of a concussion is made by symptoms
  15. Danger Signs to ACT Immediately

    Slide 15 - Danger Signs to ACT Immediately

    • A headache that gets worse and does not go away
    • Weakness, numbness or decreased coordination
    • Repeated vomiting or nausea
    • Slurred speech
    • Seek medical treatment
    • IMMEDIATELY
  16. Transport the person to  an Emergency Department Immediately or call 911 if the person:

    Slide 16 - Transport the person to an Emergency Department Immediately or call 911 if the person:

    • Looks drowsy or cannot be awakened
    • Has one pupil (the black part in the middle of the eye) larger than the other
    • Has convulsions or seizures
    • Cannot recognize people or places
    • Gets more confused, restless, or agitated
    • Has unusual behavior
    • Looses consciousness
  17. References:

    Slide 17 - References:

    • http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/signs_symptoms.html
    • MomsTeam.com
    • Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado