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How can a concussion impact my life now and in the future?

Coaching soccer for underprivileged girls was a great way to earn some extra money to supplement your salary. It also allowed you to pursue your passion for the game, and it didn't hurt that your company sponsored the team. It was amazing. Until, of course, you were hit in the head by a flyaway ball kicked by the striker very close to you.

You suffered a concussion. They said the symptoms would only last for six weeks. But, the symptoms didn't go away. It was six months before you felt like yourself again.

Here are some of the short term and long term ways that a concussion can disrupt your life:

Immediately after a concussion, for up to six weeks you might experience cognitive, physical, and emotional symptoms.

Some of these short term effects are:

Cognitive:

• You can't concentrate- it might take you a very long time to do a simple task loss of concentration

• You can't react quickly - your reaction time is much lower

• You just can't remember things - you might experience either partial or total memory loss

Physical:

• You see stars (blurred vision) and/ or a hear ringing sound in your ears (it's called tinnitus)

• You have a headache and/or throw up (nausea)

• You can't seem to walk straight - you have difficulty with mobility or coordination and/or are afraid of falling down from high places(vertigo)

• You are not able to sleep or experience other change in your sleep pattern

Emotional:

• You feel easily overwhelmed and/or frustrated

• You are depressed and/or anxious about everything

• You experience mood swings and maybe even a change in personality

• You can't seem to shake a feeling of helplessness and a fear of future harm to yourself or your family

Maybe its three months, maybe it's 30 years. Concussions can have symptoms that last a long time.

 Here are long-term concussion effects:

• You experience emotional distress and/or depression

•  You can't remember things from the past (long-term memory loss)

• You just are slower doing some types of movements

Often called invisible injuries, concussions can last for a short period of time and sometimes they have effects that last a long time. All these effects can interrupt your life, your relationships, and your work.

If you or your loved one has suffered a concussion or other brain injury, don't hesitate to learn about your legal rights. Contacting a personal injury attorney can help you safeguard your future from the consequences of this injury.

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