Background & Science

About concussion

A concussion is a type of mild head injury. It happens when the head gets bumped, which causes a short-term change in how the brain works.

You don’t need to have lost consciousness to experience a concussion.

Children typically take longer to recover from a concussion than adults.

Adult concussion symptoms usually resolve within a week to 10 days, but can take up to four weeks to go away, or sometimes even longer.

For most children, symptoms improve within several days.

How the HeadCheck app can help

Concussion is common, and with symptoms that can often be delayed and may not necessarily be easily recognised, people often don’t receive medical help as early as they could.

HeadCheck is an evidence-based app developed by leading concussion experts from MCRI and the AFL. The app is a concussion management tool to help us to recognise concussion early and manage recovery.

Features of the app

  • Concussion symptom assessment
  • Concussion management plan including daily symptoms check and personalised tasks
  • Alerts and education to aid recovery based on progress