Overview

WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?

A concussion is a brain injury that cannot be seen on x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. It affects the way your child may think and remember things, and can cause a variety of symptoms.

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WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS AND SIGNS OF A CONCUSSION?

It is important to know that your child does not need to be knocked out (lose consciousness) to have had a concussion. A variety of problems may happen after a concussion, including:

Thinking Problems

  • Does not know time, date, place, period of  game, score of opposing team, score of game
  • General confusion
  • Cannot remember things that happened before and after the injury
  • Knocked out

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Athlete's Complaints

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Feels dazed
  • Feels “dinged” or stunned; “having my bell rung”
  • Sees stars, flashing lights
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Sleepiness
  • Loss of vision
  • Sees double or blurry
  • Stomachache/stomach pain, nausea

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Other Problems

  • Poor coordination or balance
  • Blank stare/glassy eyed
  • Vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Slow to answer questions or follow directions
  • Easily distracted
  • Poor concentration
  • Strange or inappropriate emotions (i.e. laughing, crying, getting mad easily)
  • Not playing as well

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WHAT CAUSES A CONCUSSION?

Any blow to the head, face or neck, or a blow to the body which causes a sudden jarring of the head may cause a concussion (i.e. a helmet to the head, being knocked to the ground).