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What is Concussion?

A concussion is a common but serious traumatic brain injury. It is the result of a direct or indirect force to the head. Even something as simple as a “ding” on the head, having “your bell rung” or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.

More than 90% of concussions occur without any loss of consciousness.

Signs of concussion that can be observed include:

  • Appearing to be dazed or stunned
  • Loss of consciousness (even briefly)
  • Confusion
  • Memory loss
  • Moving clumsily
  • Slow to answer questions
  • Behavior or personality changes 

Concussion symptoms frequently reported include:

  • Headache
  • Balance deficits
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Feeling “foggy”
  • Vision problems

It is important to see a physician with specialty training in concussion management if you suspect a concussion may have occurred.

To make an appointment with concussion specialist at St. Charles Hospital's Concussion Management Center, please call (631) 476-6797.

School districts interested in concussion education and/or baseline testing, please call (631) 476-5606.