Medical Mondays: Concussions

WRITTEN BY: Sports Medicine
Monday, September 21st, 2015

With nearly 3 million sports related concussions a year and awareness for this condition growing, you might be wondering exactly what a concussion is. A concussion occurs when an impact to the head or body causes the brain to shift or move inside the skull. No two concussions are the same. Although a serious injury, a concussion is treatable.

Here, you’ll learn about:
• Concussions and losing consciousness
• Evaluating an athlete for concussion
• Common myths about concussion

Last year, ReThinkConcussions.com was launched as part of an initiative to raise awareness about scientifically proven treatments currently available for concussion. The site offers an interactive guide to understanding concussions and how UPMC offers a comprehensive approach to this injury, creating best practice protocols for diagnosis, management, and rehabilitation. To learn more about how UPMC is ReThinking Concussions, visit:
Concussions 101
Our Treatment Approach
Patient Success Stories

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