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The First 24 Hours After a Concussion

african american man getting adjusted by a chiropractorFollowing a concussion, the first 24 to 48 hours after the incident are crucial to the health of the individual who suffered the injury. While the complications of a concussion can arise weeks after the hit occurs, the first 24 to 48 hours are when much of the damage can occur.

In the first 24 hours, the risk for brain bleeds and brain swelling are greatly increased. It is very important for individuals to understand what they should do during this time to ensure their health and safety.

Rest and Sleep In the First 24 Hours

While many individuals say not to let individuals sleep following a concussion, rest is one of the most important things in helping allow the brain to heal. However, if the doctor requests that the person with the concussion be awakened every few hours, it should be an easy feat. Struggles can be a red flag.

The person with the concussion should avoid reading, watching television, or playing video games and take some time to avoid any strenuous activity to the brain. Because of the potential changes in sensitivity, also avoid bright lights, loud noises, and crowds.

Not allowing the brain to heal can increase the risk of your symptoms worsening. Some of the symptoms that may be experienced include:

  • Serious fatigue
  • Ongoing headaches
  • A loud ringing in the ears
  • Confusion or short-term memory loss
  • Issues regarding focus
  • Sensitivity to light and sound

The time following a concussion is important in allowing the brain to heal. However, in many sports situations, players who suffer a concussion are allowed to return to the game sooner than they should. This could lead to multiple concussions which may result in even more symptoms and problems.

At Shrader & Associates, L.L.P., our sports injury lawyers take concussions seriously. We help student-athletes seek compensation when the concussion is a result of failed safety protocol, lack of education, and more. Trust that we’re ready to help you seek the most favorable outcome possible.

Call our firm today (877) 958-7920 to discuss your potential case.


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