When a concussion happens, speed is the most important thing in the world. A second brain injury in quick succession can have dire consequences including death. So, the longer it takes to recognize the injury, the longer you’re allowing yourself or an injured person to be at increased risk for more severe injury.
In the case of more severe traumatic brain injuries, there is also the risk of swelling or internal bleeding that can cause dangerous secondary injuries if not addressed immediately.
This is why it is important to be able to quickly and easily recognize the signs of concussions when they happen. Being able to spot a concussion and knowing what to do allow you to take the steps to protect an injured person and give them the best chance for a fast recovery.
To help you learn the most important signs of concussions (or refresh yourself if you’re familiar with them already), the National Athletic Trainers Association has shared a comprehensive infographic. Below, you’ll find a guide to the red flags for brain injuries and what to do when you or someone you know has a concussion.