- A concussion is a brain injury.
- It doesn't take a major blow to the head to cause a concussion.
- All concussions are serious.
- Concussions can occur without loss of consciousness.
- Concussions can occur in any sport.
- Recognition and proper management of concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death.
Signs of a Concussion
- A dazed or stunned appearance
- Confusion about the play
- Clumsy movements
- Slow responses to questions
- Personality or behavior changes
- Retrograde amnesia (forgetting events prior to the hit)
- Anterograde amnesia (forgetting events after the hit)
- Loss of consciousness (even temporary)
When to Seek Immediate Medical Attention
- Headache that gets worse and does not go away
- Weakness, numbness or decreased coordination
- Repeated vomiting or nausea
- Slurred speech
- Patient looks very drowsy or cannot be awakened
- One pupil is larger than the other
- Patient has convulsions or seizures
- Inability to recognize people or places
- Loss of consciousness
- Increasing confusion, restlessness or agitation
Athletes May Report
- Balance Problems
- Double Vision
- Sensitivity to Light
- Sensitivity to Noise
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Cognitive Changes
- Feeling Foggy
If you are a parent, school or club team that would like more information on Concussion Management please contact: Jeff DeRaps (916) 677-1210.