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By On November 14th, 2013

What is Happening in Your Brain Following a Concussion?

Concussion Illustration

Source: Patrick J. Lynch

There are few in this country that aren’t aware of the vague concept of concussions. Whether they think of concussions as “getting knocked silly” or as a brain injury that has serious health risks, every at least knows the word. The problem is, few actually understand what happens in the brain during and after a concussion, so it can be hard to understand how a relatively common head injury could be linked to diseases and conditions such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

As part of their week-long coverage of concussions within mixed martial arts fighting, The Star-Ledger explained what happens when your brain gets injured:

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