24 Hour Support: 888.705.0999

Media Center

Resources and Guides - Securing Knowledge

Concussion Awareness

What might seem like just a bump to the head could be a brain injury. Concussions are sometimes referred to as a “mild brain injury” because they are usually not life-threatening. However, if not recognized or taken seriously, a concussion can have significant complications and cause permanent impairment.

What is a Concussion

A concussion is the most common type of traumatic brain injury and is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or hit to the body that causes the brain to move rapidly back and forth within the skull.  This quick, violent movement can cause damage to brain cells and alter brain function.
Know the Symptoms:
Signs and symptoms of a concussion generally show up soon after the injury. However, you may not know how serious the injury is at first and some symptoms may not show up for hours or days. 

  • Headache
  • Feeling of pressure in the head
  • Amnesia
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Delayed response to questions
  • Dizziness or "seeing stars"
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Appearing dazed
  • Moving clumsily
  • Fatigue
  • Sensitivity to light and noise

Know the Danger Symptoms:

A blow to the head can cause a dangerous collection of blood to develop known as a hematoma. Seek immediate medical attention if you note any of the following symptoms:

  • One pupil larger than the other
  • Drowsiness or inability to wake up
  • A headache that gets worse or does not go away
  • Slurred speech, weakness, numbness or decreased coordination
  • Repeated vomiting, prolonged nausea, convulsions, restlessness or agitation
  • Loss of consciousness, even if only briefly
  • If a child or infant will not stop crying, cannot be consoled or refuses food

How to Respond

  • Take symptoms seriously. Brain rest is crucial.
  • Monitor for symptoms for a few hours after and up to several days following the injury.
  • If injured while playing a sport, sit out. Don’t try to push through it, shake it off, or quickly jump back in the game.
  • You have a higher risk of additional injury following a concussive event. Research has shown multiple concussions carry a significant risk for permanent brain damage.
  • Return to normal activities slowly. Full recovery can take 2-3 weeks.
  • Get plenty of rest to help the brain heal.
  • Avoid high-risk physical activities, loud noises, and activities that involve prolonged concentration like studying, looking at a computer, playing video games or watching TV.
  • Check with your doctor on instructions for when it is safe to return to physical activities, driving or operating heavy equipment.

Additional Resources

About U.S. Security Associates

U.S. Security Associates (USA) is one of North America's largest security companies, with 160 locally-responsive offices providing premier national security services and global consulting and investigations to customers in a range of industries. Recognized for world class customer service, leading-edge technology, and an enterprise approach to risk management, USA offers optimized security solutions to meet specific customer needs. USA is committed to building quality security and risk management programs that are Safe. Secure. Friendly.® The Securing Knowledge series is part of the extensive and growing library of reference and training tools that contribute to USA's award-winning customer service and benchmark security programs. USA's investment in training and development resources is reflected not only by BEST Awards from the American Society for Training & Development, consistent ranking on the Training magazine Top 125, and technology-driven quality management system, but also by the company's leadership team, security officers, and service excellence on a daily basis.

©2017 U.S. Security Associates