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Sports and Concussions

May 19, 2014


It seems lately, kids are getting banged up a bit more in sports. Many are opting for helmets to prevent concussions in games that don’t otherwise require them like soccer.

But what is a concussion and what are signs I should look for?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a concussion is a brain injury caused by a bump or blow to the head. Even a small “ding” or what might seem like a mild bump can be serious.

Signs and symptoms of a concussion can show up right away or may not appear until weeks after the injury.

If your child reports any of the signs or symptoms of a concussion, you should seek medical attention immediately. A brain injury is not something you should wait out.

Here are some signs you might notice as a parent:

-       Appearing dizzy or confused or stunned

-       Is acting confused about an assignment or position

-       Forgetfulness

-       Unsure about the game, score or opponent

-       Clumsy movements

-       Slurring words or answering questions slowly

-       Loss of consciousness, even briefly

-       Behavioral or personality changes

-       Cannot recall events after the hit


Here are some symptoms your child might report to you:

-       Headache or pressure in the head

-       Nausea or vomiting

-       Balance problems or dizziness

-       Double or blurry vision

-       Sensitivity to light

-       Sensitivity to noise

-       Feeling sluggish, hazy or groggy

-       Concentration or memory problems

-       Confusion

-       Doesn’t feel “right” or OK