Signs of a Concussion

Signs of a Concussion

Concussion Signs and Symptoms

lifesigns-concussionA knock to the noggin. A bump on the head. Call it what you want, but every 21 seconds someone in the U.S. experiences what is medically known as a concussion or traumatic brain injury. A concussion is an injury to your brain that causes problems with how the brain works.

These injuries can be relatively minor or devastatingly severe. They can be especially dangerous — even deadly – if a second concussion occurs before the first has enough time to heal. Kids that play sports are at a greater risk of head injuries, and safety precautions should taken to avoid head injuries, such as wearing appropriate safety equipment. Parents and coaches should be aware of the signs and symptoms of concussion.

Common physical symptoms of concussion include:

  • Low-grade headache or neck pain
  • Loss of balance or coordination
  • Feeling lightheaded
  • Ringing in the ears or trouble hearing
  • Blurred vision or eyes that tire easily
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Feeling fatigued or tired
  • Increased sensitivity to sounds, light, or distraction
  • Numbness
  • Change in sleeping pattern, sleeping more than normal or trouble sleeping
  • Seizures

Common mental and emotional symptoms that could be indicators of concussion include:

  • Remembering things
  • Paying attention or concentrating
  • Organizing daily tasks
  • Making decisions and solving problems
  • Slowness in thinking, acting, speaking, or reading
  • Mood instability or changes such as:
  • Feeling sad, anxious, or listless
  • Becoming easily irritated or angry for little or no reason
  • Lacking motivation

A doctor should be consulted if serious symptoms such as confusion or vomiting occur after a head injury.

Watch a short video below, for more information about when you should go to the hospital for a head injury.

Watch a short video to learn when to go to the ER with a head injury:

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This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.