Concussion Awareness

Signs and symptoms of concussion

There are many different symptoms reported by athletes who suffer concussions, and in some cases they may not be easily detected for hours or days after the injury. However, look for clues immediately and make sure athletes are re-evaluated every few minutes over several hours.  At home, parents should watch for the following symptoms as well as complaints that lights are too bright, noises are too loud, or your child has difficulty concentrating while watching TV or playing video games.  Any of the following are indicative of concussion:


  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Headache or "pressure" in head
  • Is confused about assignment or position
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Forgets an instruction
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Moves clumsily
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Can't recall events prior to hit or fall 
  • Confusion
  • Can't recall events after hit or fall 
  • Does not "feel right" or is "feeling down" 

  Source:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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