What exactly is a concussion? [Video]

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Concussions happen across the country every day, but the injury remains poorly understood by many – even those who experience one. People ignore the growing symptoms and dismiss the serious injury as “getting your bell rung” or being “knocked silly,” because the actual damage can’t be seen with the naked eye.

Now, you can finally see exactly what is going on in a brain when a concussion happens, thanks to this illuminating video from Clifford Robbins and TED-Ed. The video, containing helpful animation from Boniato Studio, explains exactly what a concussion is from the broad strokes to the microscopic details to help you better understand the injury and how serious a concussion can be.

Additionally, Robbins explains how concussions are related to the permanent neurological disease called Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE). While most people know of CTE from the news about former NFL players, this video can help you understand exactly how concussions play a major role in its development.

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