What is a concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump of blow to the head. Even a seemingly mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.
What are the signs and symptoms of a concussion?
Some common symptoms include:
- Somatic Symptoms: headaches, dizziness, nausea, sensory irritability, neck pain, feeling of being “off,”, balance issues, fatigue
- Mood Disruption: irritable, depressed, anxious, easily angered, wants to be left alone
- Sleep Alteration: loss of productive sleep, difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, having frequent awakenings or excessive sleepiness
- Cognitive Symptoms: fogginess, poor school performance, deterioration grades, difficulty getting along with others, memory changes, attention/concentration issues, impulsive
What should you do if you think your child has a concussion?
- Seek medical attention right away
- Keep your child out of play
- Tell your child’s coach/teacher about any recent concussion