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Signs of a concussion

Signs of a concussion

Signs of a concussion

A child or young adult does not need to lose consciousness to suffer a concussion. The most common symptom is a headache, which is constant or intermittent. Symptoms may vary between the day and evening.

Physical signs of a concussion:

  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Problems with vision
  • Fatigue
  • Appearing dazed or stunned
  • Dizziness and balance problems

Cognitive signs of a concussion:

  • Feeling mentally “foggy”
  • Feeling “slowed down,” answering questions slowly
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Forgetting recent events
  • Repeating questions
  • Decline in academic performance

Emotional signs of a concussion:

  • Irritability
  • Sadness/depression
  • Personality change
  • Anxiety/panic
  • More or less emotional than usual

Sleep changes following concussion:

  • Drowsy 
  • Sleeping more than usual 
  • Sleeping less than usual
  • Having difficulty falling or staying asleep

Concussion symptoms can vary from person to person, depending on the type and severity of injury. A child or young adult who is not evaluated/treated post-injury, and continues to be active in sports or recreational activity, frequently has symptoms longer than someone who seeks care and treatment immediately following injury.

A concussion is a treatable injury. The time it takes to fully recover varies by individual and can be affected by age, gender and type/severity of injury. Our goal at the Rebound Advanced Concussion Center is to have your child return to play and learning as quickly as is possible and safe.

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