NOTE: If you think you have experienced a concussion, contact your Licensed Health Care Provider (LHCP) for medical care immediately.

A concussion is a “traumatic brain injury” caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head which changes how your brain normally functions.  Concussions may also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth and can occur without a loss of consciousness. (adapted from Centers for Disease Control)

Terms generally used in reference to concussions are “knocked out”, “ding”, “got your bell rung”, “seeing stars”, “dazed”, and “head injury” to name just a few.

A Licensed Health Care Provider (LHCP) is an individual who has successfully completed a professional program of study in a variety of health fields and who has obtained a license or certificate indicating his or her ability to practice in that field.

Return to Learn and Return to Play

After Peoria Notre Dame High School football player Benjamin Bloomfield took a particularly bad hit on the field, he was feeling "off." Luckily, his dad knew the symptoms of concussion and took him to see his doctor.

Thanks to the Return to Learn and Return to Play programs at OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute, Benjamin is back on the football field.