Ask any sports fan, and he'll tell you autumn means one thing: football.
High school ball on Friday. College games on Saturday. NFL on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday. Weekend games in the park. Fantasy football...pretty much all the time.
But once football season starts up, it also marks the time of year when news of concussions and head injuries jump into the spotlight.
And while your friendly pickup game is probably just that, what happens when your friend mistakes your head for the pigskin and (accidentally, of course) pummel it into the earth with a little too much gusto? What if you come home from a game feeling foggy and nauseated? Would you know what to do?
Because here's the thing: There’s a big difference between a bump on the head and major brain trauma. Yet of the 3.8 million concussions that occur in the U.S. each year during competitive and recreational activities, as many as 50% go unreported, according to research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
To keep you from falling in that 50%, we talked to two head injury experts who helped us identify the symptoms you should look for if you suspect you've suffered a concussion.