Concussion Information

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a Brain Injury that:

  • is serious
  • may be caused by a bump or blow to the head
  • can happen even if you haven’t been knocked unconscious
  • can be serious even if you’ve just been “dinged”
  • can change the way your brain normally works

When will symptoms appear?

  • Signs and symptoms can appear immediately after the injury occurs or may not be noticeable until days or weeks after the injury

Signs of a concussion include

  • headache or “pressure” in the head
  • nausea
  • balance problems or dizziness
  • double or blurry vision
  • bothered by light or noise
  • feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy
  • confusion, concentration or memory problems
  • not “feeling right” or “feeling down”

When is it necessary to seek Immediate medical attention?

  • symptoms worsen
  • seizure
  • neck/back pain
  • vomiting
  • weakness in arms or legs
  • trouble staying awake
  • pupils are unequal
  • slurred speech

For more resources about concussions, visit http://ihsa.org/Resources/SportsMedicine/ConcussionManagement/ConcussionResources.aspx