Helpful Resources

Information Resources for Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries
The Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit medical practice and medical research group based in Rochester, Minnesota. It is the first and largest integrated nonprofit medical research and treatment organization in the nation. They have an informative and helpful educational website that discusses concussions and traumatic brain injuries.

Centers for Disease Control

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the United States government's premiere public health agency. The have over 15,000 employees and are tasked with promoting public health and safety. They have an excellent website that gives detailed information on concussions and traumatic brain injuries. This link will provide information on concussion symptoms, typical recovery timelines, and potential long term effects.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

The mission of NINDS is to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease. They have excellent informational resources for those who have suffered a concussion or a traumatic brain injury.

Brain Injury Association of America

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is the country’s oldest and largest nationwide brain injury advocacy organization. Living with a brain injury can require a range of resources, strategies, and supports. The range of possible supports can be tremendous. This page hopes to offer links to articles and information about the supports and resources that are available to brain injury patients and their families.

Neuro Talk

This is a quality forum where individuals who have suffered from a concussion or traumatic brain injury discuss treatment options and outcomes.

Make the Connection

This is a site targeting veterans who have suffered a traumatic brain injury during their military service. It has links to many of the programs that are offered by Veterans Affairs and contact information for outreach programs.

Concussion Information

This is a detailed list of some of the symptoms that a person who has suffered from a concussion may experience.

Concussion (Mild Traumatic Brain Injury)

A concussion is a brain injury that results rapid movement of the brain in the skull, resulting in compression and swelling. The trauma that the brain experiences during the impact can cause a multitude of of symptoms. These can be classified in four main areas: physical, cognitive, sleep, and emotional. Most victims of a concussion see symptoms in at least three or four areas.

Physical:
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Balance Problems
  • Dizziness
  • Double Vision
  • Fatigue
  • Sensitivity to Light
  • Sensitivity to Noise
  • Numbness
Thinking
  • Mentally Foggy
  • Feeling Slowed Down
  • Inability to Concentrate
  • Difficulty Remembering
Sleep
  • Drowsiness
  • Sleeping More than Usual
  • Sleeping Less than Usual
  • Trouble Falling Asleep
Emotional
  • Irritability
  • Sadness
  • Nervousness
  • Feeling More Emotional
Concussions symptoms are frequently misdiagnosed as the following:
  • Depression
  • Migraine
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Concentration Disorders
  • Stroke

Future concussion can be mitigated by wearing a helmet and avoiding hard falls.