Concussion management

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Concussion Symptoms

Athletes report many different concussion symptoms and sometimes don't experience symptoms for hours or days. Reported symptoms include: confusion, forgetting instructions, complaining that lights or too bright or that they can't concentrate. Visit our Concussion Symptoms page for more information.

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Concussion Symptoms

Concussions can be difficult to diagnose, in part because symptoms can be subtle.  You may notice that your child is more tired than usual, they "just don't seem like themselves", or they are bothered by loud noises or bright lights.  Other symptoms are more obvious, such as vomiting or the inability to answer questions.  It's important to remember that your child may not be able to recognize and/or verbalize their own symptoms, especially if they are young.  And to make it even more complicated, symptoms may not show up for hours or even days. 

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)

Some signs and symptoms can be subtle.  Encourage athletes to report any of the above, and do not allow them to participate in a game or practice until a qualified medical professional has given the OK and they are 100% symptom-free both at rest and during a gradual return to play procedure.