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Concussions and brain trauma

The terms concussion and brain trauma are often used to describe injuries caused by a blow to the head or sudden jarring. Both can result in problems with vision and balance, confusion and loss of consciousness. The symptoms of a concussion may appear immediately but can also appear days or weeks later. These symptoms are usually temporary, but sometimes, damage may be long-term or even permanent.

Symptoms of a concussion may include:

  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Impaired vision
  • Balance problems
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Memory loss
  • Loss of consciousness

If you experience symptoms of a concussion, you should be evaluated by a medical professional as soon as possible. While concussions rarely require a trip to the emergency room, it is important that a trained expert provide an initial evaluation and follow-up in order to monitor your symptoms and determine when you are ready to resume your normal activity. If you experience a second concussion before you are healed, you could suffer something called second impact syndrome – a condition that is often fatal and almost always leads to permanent damage.

Novant Health has a dedicated care team with advanced training in concussion evaluation and management to support you throughout your recovery and help determine when you are ready to return to your normal activities. Our clinicians use a neurocognitive test called ImPACT™ as well as vestibular balance testing to help measure the effects of a concussion and determine when it is safe to return to your normal activities, including sports.


Sports concussion care - In sports, concussion is one of the most common injuries suffered by athletes; it is also one of the most commonly misunderstood. At Novant Health, our primary care sports medicine physicians have advanced training in sports concussion evaluation and management. From school sports to Olympic-level and professional competition, our experts play an important role in keeping athletes safe and healthy; we are proud to partner with some of the world’s most well-known athletes and teams as well as youth and recreational athletes in the communities we serve.

If you or a family member suspects a concussion, get evaluated immediately. Visit a Novant Health clinic or urgent care center for an expert evaluation and recovery plan to reduce the impact of the injury and prevent additional damage.