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Injury Definitions

Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS)


A concussion is an injury to the brain. The brain is composed of soft structures that lie within the skull. The skull is a hard structure. When the head is subjected to violent forward and back or twisting motion the brain moves and strikes the inside of the skull. The underside of the skull contains a number of bony ridges. Striking the ridges or even the smooth portion of the skull can cause the delicate structures of the brain to become injured. Immediate signs and symptoms of a concussion can include being dazed or losing consciousness, headache, ringing of the ears (tinnitus), dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. Subsequently, a person may develop problems with cognition which may include difficulty with concentration, attention, short term memory, and the ability to multitask. Emotional and psychological problems may develop including depression, anger, emotional liability, and anxiety. Some people develop sensitivity to light and have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Fatigue is another symptom that can develop. Concussions generally resolve over time without any lasting effect on the person. Unfortunately, sometimes the damage persists and can be permanent.

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