How a Concussion Occurs

Click the tabs below to see actions that can lead to a concussion.

  • Direct Impact to Head
  • Impact to Head from Body Blow
  • Direct Impact Due to Fall
  • Indirect Impact
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THE ACTION

Sudden impact to the head causes the head to snap forward, back or to the side. Possible causes: impact to the head by another player or sports equipment (ball, stick, protective equipment etc.).

THE RESULT

When the head snaps, the momentum causes movement of the brain within the skull leading to an alteration of brain function, causing concussion signs and symptoms.