What is a concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. It occurs often due to a direct hit to the head, but it can also result from any blow to neck, face, or body that causes a rotational force to the brain. You’ve probably heard about athletes having a concussion and needing to sit out a game or even the rest of the season. But concussions happen to plenty of non-athletes, too. In fact, millions of children suffer or sustain a concussion each year. The good news is that most concussions don't cause any lasting effects, and most children recover completely within several weeks. 

How we care for concussions

If you think your child may have suffered a concussion, it’s important to seek treatment right away. Even if your child’s injury seems minor and the symptoms don’t seem “serious,” he or she still needs to be checked by a doctor. Most concussions don’t cause a loss of consciousness, and in some cases, a child can seem fine at first and then have symptoms later. 

Here at Boston Children's Hospital, we treat concussions with a multidisciplinary approach— combining our clinicians’ expertise in sports medicineneuropsychology, neurology and neuroradiology. So whether your child’s concussion is related to sports or due to an accident or fall, our experts are fully equipped to assist your child every step of the way.