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||Moves clumsily|
|Concentration or memory problems||Answers questions slower than normal|
|Confusion||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.