Topics: Traumatic brain injury, Concussion, Head injury Pages: 3 (720 words) Published: May 12, 2013
Concussion Information Sheet
A concussion is a brain injury and all brain injuries are serious. They are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a blow to another part of the body with the force transmitted to the head. They can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works. Even though most concussions are mild, all concussions are potentially serious and may result in complications including prolonged brain damage and death if not recognized and managed properly. In other words, even a “ding” or a bump on the head can be serious. You can’t see a concussion and most sports concussions occur without loss of consciousness. Signs and symptoms of concussion may show up right after the injury or can take hours or days to fully appear. If your child reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms or signs of concussion yourself, seek medical attention right away.

Symptoms may include one or more of the following:  Headaches   “Pressure in head”   Nausea or vomiting   Neck pain   Balance problems or dizziness   Blurred, double, or fuzzy vision   Sensitivity to light or noise   Feeling sluggish or slowed down   Feeling foggy or groggy   Drowsiness   Change in sleep patterns

Amnesia “Don’t feel right” Fatigue or low energy Sadness Nervousness or anxiety Irritability More emotional Confusion Concentration or memory problems (forgetting game plays) Repeating the same question/comment

Signs observed by teammates, parents and coaches include:               Appears dazed Vacant facial expression Confused about assignment Forgets plays Is unsure of game, score, or opponent Moves clumsily or displays incoordination Answers questions slowly Slurred speech Shows behavior or personality changes Can’t recall events prior to hit Can’t recall events after hit Seizures or convulsions Any change in typical behavior or personality Loses consciousness

Adapted from the CDC and the 3rd...
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