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.

  • 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.

  • Reinhard Schaler and his wife, Patricia O’Byrne, battled to get appropriate rehabilitative therapy for their son. “We were told there was little we could do and the best option was to place him in a nursing home and maintain him until he died.” Instead they brought him to Germany where he got intensive, long-term rehabilitation not available back home, and progressed in ways they were told he never could.

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