A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. A concussion can change the way your brain normally works and symptoms can range from mild to severe and can occur even if you do not lose consciousness. An estimated 1.6–3.8 million concussions occur each year during sports activities.

How do I know if I should seek medical help?

If you are experiencing any concussion symptoms, we’d like to see you.

What can I do to feel better?

  • Get plenty of sleep at night and take rest breaks during the day if you are experiencing increased symptoms.
  • Limit activities that do not worsen symptoms or provoke new symptoms.
  • Do not drink alcohol or take Aspirin, Alevel, Advil or other anti-inflammatory medications while you are experiencing symptoms of a concussion.
  • Ask your provider when you can safely drive a car, ride a bike, or operate heavy equipment.

How do I notify my professors that I am injured?

The University of Oregon Accessible Education Center has guidance on temporary illness and injuries.

Learn more

For more information, check out the CDC concussions website.