National Concussion Awareness Day raises public awareness of concussions. Celebrated every third Friday in September, in 2022, it falls on September 16th.
This holiday was established by the American Brain Injury Association. This was a necessary measure, as a large number of concussion are diagnosed every year. People most often get these injuries in an accident or as a result of a blow to the head.
Doctors distinguish three degrees of concussion. The most difficult of them is the third one. A person loses consciousness for several hours, and memory lapses are observed. Common symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness, confusion, and poor appetite. Regardless of the severity of the injury, a visit to the hospital is mandatory. Doctors will conduct the necessary treatment to prevent complications that can manifest themselves in long-term disorders of the nervous system. In such cases, a person has poor control over his emotions and can become dangerous to others.
With a timely visit to a doctor and medical treatment (if necessary), a person can return to his everyday life, taking into account the doctor’s recommendations. Symptoms completely disappear in 2-3 weeks.
How to take part
- Congratulate acquaintances and friends who work as doctors treating head injuries.
- Familiarize yourself with the rules of first aid for a person with head injuries. Study the sequence of actions and the clinical picture.
- Read more about what medications are used to treat a concussion.
- Do charity work and help medical centers in your city.
- Share a post on social media that provides basic information about concussion and highlights the importance of this holiday.
When is National Concussion Awareness Day celebrated in 2023?
National Concussion Awareness Day is observed on the third Friday of September each year.