Concussions are one of the most common sports injuries, and one of the most misunderstood. Concussions are a mild traumatic brain injury. While some people are knocked unconscious by a concussion, many others never lose consciousness.

Today, we know concussions mean much more than “just getting your bell rung,” as the old saying goes. Significant injury can occur from a concussion even if you don’t lose consciousness. And returning to the game right after a concussion—no matter how mild or severe—places athletes at risk for a more serious injury called second impact syndrome.

If you or your child suffers a concussion, count on the sports medicine specialists at Upper Bucks Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. John Minnich, MD, is a credentialed consultant in ImPACT. That stands for Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing. It’s the first, most widely-used and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. ImPACT helps give your doctors information to help you or your child make sound decisions about returning to the field.

Here are answers to some other questions about concussions you may have: