Tip of the Day for 3/22/21

Today’s Tip of the Day explains what a concussion is.

In our office at the Brain Injury Association of Alaska, one of the most common statements we hear on the phone is, “My family member got hit in the head and the doctor says it is a concussion. How do I know if it is a TBI?”

Every person is different and so if every injury. While a concussion may be the start of a TBI, that is not always the case. We’ll leave it to your medical provider to determine that.

Today we decided to offer up some videos explaining concussions to hopefully help you determine next steps in your journey.


What Is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.

Concussions Are Serious

Medical providers may describe a concussion as a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, the effects of a concussion can be serious.

HEADS UP Video: What Is a Concussion?


Check out our learning library at www.alaskabraininjury.net for online pamphlets with more tips on this and other issues that affect those with brain injury.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/basics/concussion_whatis.html