A concussion is a brain injury which results in temporary disruption of normal brain function. This occurs when the brain is violently rocked back and forth or twisted inside the skull as a result of a blow to the head or body. A person does not have to lose consciousness (“be knocked out”) to suffer a concussion.
SYMPTOMS YOUR ATHLETE MAY REPORT:
SIGNS YOU MAY OBSERVE:
Headache or “pressure” in head
Appears dazed or stunned
Nausea or vomiting
Confusion about a task
Balance problems or dizziness
Forgets an instruction
Sensitivity to light and/or noise
Unsure of game, score or opponent
Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy
Concentration or memory problems
Answers questions slower than normal
Loss of consciousness
Does not “feel right” or is “feeling down”
Mood, behavior or personality changes
Cannot recall events prior to hit
Cannot recall events after hit
If there is any suspicion for concussion, your athlete should be removed from physical activity and recreational play immediately. Remember,WHEN IN DOUBT, SIT IT OUT.
If you feel you/your child has suffered a concussion, the IBJI Sports Neurology Team is available for post-injury evaluation and management. To learn more, call our office at 847-682-8463.
For your information, the IBJI Concussion Program is financially integrated. If you are referred to a clinician in IBJI for related services, you may request and receive a referral for these services outside or independent of IBJI.