Anatomy of a Concussion

Contributed by: Dennis Fortier, President, Medical Care Corporation

There has been lots of news lately about concussion and its lingering effects on brain health. In fact, the recent publication of results from a study of NFL players (summarized here) has brought heightened awareness to the long-term risks associated with brain injury.

The LA Times recently published this excellent descriptive overview of what happens to the brain when it is concussed including an explanation of particular symptoms and why they may or may not linger. An important take-away is that the brain does have some ability to heal after an injury. For this reason, it is especially important to create an optimal healing environment following a concussion. This obviously includes protection against further head trauma but also includes ensuring a plentiful supply of oxygen rich blood and proper nutrition during the healing process.

These lesser known facts should be shared broadly to improve general understanding of how best to keep the brain healthy over the course of a long life.


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  2. It is important that all is done to reduce the likelihood concussion as the research shows that if someone sustains multiple concussions they are likely to have longer term brain damage that effects their functioning.