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What is a concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. Even what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness. Athletes who have, at any point in their lives had a concussion have an increased risk for another concussion. Young children and teens are more likely to get a concussion and take longer to recover than adults.

Symptoms Reported by the Child

Headache | “Pressure” in head | Nausea or vomiting | Balance problems | Dizziness | Double or blurry vision | Sensitivity to light | Sensitivity to noise | Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy | Concentration or memory problems | Confusion

Symptoms Noticed by Parent/Coach

Appears dazed or stunned | Is confused about assignment/position/instructions | Forgets an instruction | Is unsure of day, time, or location | Moves clumsily | Answers questions slowly | Loses consciousness (even briefly) | Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes | Can’t recall events prior to or after hit or fall

If You Think Your Child has a Concussion

Do not try to judge the severity of the injury yourself. Keep the child out of activity the day of the injury and until a medical professional, experienced in evaluating for concussion, says they are symptom-free and it’s OK to return to normal activity. While most kids with a concussion recover quickly and fully, some will have symptoms that last for days, or even weeks. Remember, it’s always better to be cautious. If you are unsure of what to do, call our office and we will assist you.

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