Causes of Concussion

The main causes of a concussion are a blow, jolt, or an injury to the head. Rapid back and forth movement of the head (jarring) can cause a concussion as well. Some common causes of a concussion are sports injuries, a fall, being struck on the head with an object or automobile accidents. Concussions can often result in a loss of consciousness or a black out. However, this is not always the case. Many a time a person may have a concussion and not even realize it until much later.

Risk factors that may increase the chance of a concussion include:

  • Falling and hurting oneself
  • Age - Younger children and older people are more vulnerable to concussions
  • Playing contact sports such as soccer, rugby, hockey, football, boxing or martial arts
  • Participating in high-risk activities without the proper equipment or supervision
  • Being a victim of physical abuse
  • Being involved in a car accident or automobile collision
  • Being involved in any form of combat i.e. soldiers
  • Having a previous concussion or a head injury

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