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Concussion Info and Forms

What Is A Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. Concussions are caused by a bump or blow to the head. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.

You can’t see a concussion. Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after the injury or may not appear or be noticed until days or weeks after the injury. If your child reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms yourself, seek medical attention right away.

Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion

Signs Observed by Parents or Guardians 

If your child has experienced a bump or blow to the head during a game or practice, look for any of the following signs and symptoms of a concussion:

  •  Appears dazed or stunned
  •  Is confused about assignment or position
  •  Forgets an instruction
  •  Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
  •  Moves clumsily
  •  Answers questions slowly
  •  Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  •  Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes

Symptoms Reported by Athlete

  •  Headache or “pressure” in head
  •  Nausea or vomiting
  •  Balance problems or dizziness
  •  Double or blurry vision
  •  Sensitivity to light
  •  Sensitivity to noise
  •  Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  •  Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion
  •  Just “not feeling right” or “feeling down”