Signs and Symptoms of A Concussion

Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can cause the brain to not work how it normally should. Not all symptoms of a concussion can be seen, and some will not show up right away. Some concussion symptoms can show up right away while others may not show up until hours, or even weeks after the initial hit. Most concussions happen without the loss of consciousness. Concussions can have a more serious effect on younger and less developed brains, putting teens at the greatest risk for them. Every concussion should be addressed as soon as possible and correctly by a professional.

Danger Signs:

  • One pupil is larger than the other
  • A headache that gets worse and does not go away
  • Weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea
  • Slurred speech
  • Seizures
  • Drowsiness
  • Difficulty recognizing people or places
  • Increases confusion
  • Unusual behavior
  • Loss of consciousness

Common Concussion Symptoms:

  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Memory loss
  • Confusion
  • Balance problems
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Delayed response to questions
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Depression


Click here to read more about what you should do if your child or teen is showing signs of a concussion.

Concussion Baseline Testing

A concussion baseline testing is an exam conducted by a trained health care professional. These tests are usually taken place pre-season and prior to the first practice. This test will check for concussion symptoms, as well as concentration and memory assessments.

After the case of a concussion and before returning to any physical activity, you should get a baseline test performed by a medical professional. The result of the baseline test will include information on safely returning to school and sports. Lastly, athletes should undergo concussion baseline testing annually. This will compare previous test results.

Read more about baseline testingĀ here.

Our physical therapist will provide tips to aid in full recovery, as well as help patients reduce the risk for future concussions.

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