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Does hitting a soccer ball with your head cause brain damage?

Does hitting a soccer ball with your head cause brain damage?

Yes: There is medical evidence that over years, repeated mini-concussions from heading soccer balls can cause brain damage. ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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Brain Damage (Definition)

Anything that disrupts tissue integrity can cause brain damage: lack of or reduced oxygen (stroke), viamin deficiency, pressure (hydrocephalus, or, bleeding or tumor inside the skull), blunt or penetrating trauma; infection; inflammation (immune system mediated or otherwise); toxins (alcohol, ecstasy, lead, mercury, arsenic, to name but a few); diseases (ms, diabetes, ...Read more


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Could a 2 month old forcefully hitting her head into my head while I burp her cause a concussion or brain damage to her?

Could a 2 month old forcefully hitting her head into my head while I burp her cause a concussion or brain damage to her?

Very Unlikely: This is very unlikely. If you have any concerns that a 2 month old baby could have a concussion or brain damage (difficulty staying awake, excessive irritability, swelling/bruising on the head or face, abnormal body movements, etc.), it is very important that you have the baby evaluated in person. ...Read more

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Can a hit to the head cause brain damage? I was smacked at the side of the head and the back of the head with a t.V remote could anything bad happen?

Can a hit to the head cause brain damage? I was smacked at the side of the head and the back of the head with a t.V remote could anything bad happen?

Unlikely: Absent loss of consciousness, seizures, arm/leg weakness, altered vision, persistent severe post traumatic headaches, you likely will have no ill effects. It actually takes fairly hard trauma to the head to hurt someone your age. ...Read more

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Will getting hit on the head really hard cause unknown brain damage?

You: Either have clinical evidence of brain damage or you don't. If you aren't sure of your neurological status please see a neurologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Would a hit to the head cause brain cell loss/brain damage? If so, what degree of impact is required to lose the cells? I was swimming hit my head.

Would a hit to the head cause brain cell loss/brain damage? If so, what degree of impact is required to lose the cells? I was swimming hit my head.

See Below: You would need to have a structural lesions affecting the brain as a result of head trauma in order to loose brain cell functions. This is usually caused by a remarkable head impact and is associated with symptoms such as headache, nausea, vomiting, or altered mental status and require to be immediately evaluated. ...Read more

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If I got hit by keys to my head can it cause brain damage or internal bleeding or problems later I have laceration on right side of my head one staple?

Probably not, but..: Jelly,
given the information provided, unless it was a really large cluster of keys (heavy) or fell from a great distance, it shouldn't be enough to cause brain damage or internal bleeding. If you have persistent severe headaches, cognitive issues or just are worried I would discuss with your primary doctor whether an MRI or a neurology referral would make sense. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have brain damage from hitting my head?

How to determine if I have brain damage from hitting my head?

Cognitive: You can undergo a cognitive evaluation at a rehab center. ...Read more

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I'm scared of brain damage after hitting head. Only symptom is mild headache doctor will just tell me to rest I'll be good im so scared I'll drop dead?

I'm scared of brain damage after hitting head. Only symptom is mild headache doctor will just tell me to rest I'll be good im so scared I'll drop dead?

Comments: Most closed head injuries cause only external superficial pain or swelling and are benign and self-limited. Your doctor seems to be comfortable with no bad outcome, but your emotional response is quite intense. Would you benefit from some counseling to calm your fears? ...Read more

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Can a blow to the back of the neck followed by loss of consciousness, foaming at mouth, and eyes rolling into head cause brain damage?

Yes.: Sounds like you might have had a seizure. Please tell me that you went to the emergency department to be evaluated. You should be. You need a neurological exam and likely an MRI of both your neck (to rule out ligament injury) and brain. ...Read more

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Can whipping head back and forth cause brain damage?

Can whipping head back and forth cause brain damage?

Probably not: Unless you are hitting your head, the answer is probably no. However, you could certainly injure you neck. ...Read more

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Can you get brain damage from getting hit in the head?

Can you get brain damage from getting hit in the head?

Yes: Depending on the degree of impact and transmitted force, you can lose consciousness, a concussion; have just a localized bruise over the scalp or even have a traumatic brain injury that affects memory and emotions. Repetitive head injury builds up, e.g., football and hockey players who develop "post-traumatic encephalopathy". ...Read more

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Could I cause myself brain damage by turning my head fast?

Could I cause myself brain damage by turning my head fast?

Significant force: Not usually in adults unless severe incident in high speed motor vehicle accident. In infants can cause intracranial hemorrhage with sheering of blood vessels, so called shaken baby syndrome. ...Read more

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Thoughts? Could small hits to the head hundreds or thousands of times cause brain damage?

Thoughts? Could small hits to the head hundreds or thousands of times cause brain damage?

Likely: This is critical in professional sports these days, and is called "post-traumatic encephalopathy", and the consequence of repetitive head injuries. ...Read more

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Can I cause brain damage if my head is jerked around while I am concussed? Or does there need to be some mechanical force involved?

Can I cause brain damage if my head is jerked around while I am concussed? Or does there need to be some mechanical force involved?

Post-consussion: After a concussion, for weeks the brain is at greatly increased risk of damage from repeated trauma. This would include jostling from a roller-coaster or off-roading, contact sports. Even excess visual stimulation such as reading, (yes reading!), must be avoided after a concussion until completely recovered. It is a very sensitive and potentially dangerous recovery period which must be respected. ...Read more

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My boyfriend punching me in my head always can it cause brain damage?

My boyfriend punching me in my head always can it cause brain damage?

Yes: Repeated blows to the head can cause damage to the brain. This is why boxers and football players have issues the longer they perform. My question is why do you stay with someone who repeatedly hits you in the head. It is a well proven fact that domestic violence WILL escalate and has proven to be fatal. Get out now and don't look back. ...Read more

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Head rushes, how can I stop them, and can they cause any brain damage?

Yes: Symptoms such as dizziness, lightheadedness and headaches that occur with change in position (lying to sitting or sitting to standing) are often caused by dehydration or low blood pressure. Start by changing position slowly. In the morning sit on the edge of the bed for a minute before standing. Increase your water intake as well. If the symptoms continue talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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When angry w/ myself I will occasionally hit (5-6x) myself in the head with right fist w/ full strength. Should I worry about brain damage?

When angry w/ myself I will occasionally hit (5-6x) myself in the head with right fist w/ full strength. Should I worry about brain damage?

Possibly.: It really depends on how hard you are actually hitting yourself. My bigger concern is that you are doing that at all to manage your anger. I strongly encourage you to seek out evaluation asap by a certified behavioral health specialist to help you develop healthier and safer anger management skills. Take care. ...Read more

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Baby shakes head causes brain damage?

Baby shakes head causes brain damage?

Who Shakes Head?: The baby can't shake his head enough to cause damage. But if the baby is shaken by someone else there can be severe and fatal brain injury. Babies must not be shaken! ...Read more

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Would brain damage caused by a blow to the head show up on an MRI?

Would brain damage caused by a blow to the head show up on an MRI?

Brain injuries & MRI: Some brain injuries show on MRI, like contusion, bleeding, etc. Not all injuries show on an MRI. Concussion may appear as no injury on MRI. ...Read more

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What to do if I know head banging can cause brain damage but what about head bobbing?

What to do if I know head banging can cause brain damage but what about head bobbing?

Bobbing not damaging: There is no evidence that head bobbing causes brain injury. Usually the deflections of the head on neck are not sufficiently forceful to cause a problem. ...Read more

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I tapped my left side head with my finger a few times hard. Did I cause G-d Forbid, any brain damage?

I tapped my left side head with my finger a few times hard. Did I cause G-d Forbid, any brain damage?

No: Tapping your head with your finger, no matter how hard, will not damage your brain.
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I was physically abused for 6 years of my marriage. I was hit in the head a lot and my memory and such seems impaired. Could it be from brain damage

Maybe not?: Certainly repetitive head trauma can cause problems but what if there is something else going on too? You would not want to miss that "something else". Seek care with your doctor and preferably a specialist for concussion. ...Read more

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Hit my head, and might have gotten a concussion after recovering from one months ago. Should I be very worried I will suffer permanent brain damage?

Hit my head, and might have gotten a concussion after recovering from one months ago. Should I be very worried I will suffer permanent brain damage?

Head injury: Unlikely. The permanent brain damage that is associated with related head injury is usually in athletes who are hit in the head thousands of times a year over a period of several years ...Read more

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I'm 35w pregnant and my 21m old fell on what I think is my babies head. Could he harm her in there and cause any brain damage to her?

I'm 35w pregnant and my 21m old fell on what I think is my babies head. Could he harm her in there and cause any brain damage to her?

Unlikely: Think of a watermelon in a pool. It bounces around in the water & any direct hit would push it out of the way. Same thing happens in your womb. Babies head is surrounded by water & flexible tissues. Car crash=bad injury but kid bumping yo=not so much. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Brain Injury (Definition)

Damage to, or loss of, brain tissue due to various etiologies such ...Read more