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 headAppears dazed or stunned
- Nausea or vomitingConfusion about a task
- Balance problems or dizzinessForgets an instruction
- Sensitivity to light and/or noiseUnsure of game, score or opponent
- Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggyMoves clumsily
- Concentration or memory problemsAnswers questions slower than normal
- ConfusionLoss 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.