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What To Do If You Suspect A Concussion?

If an athlete is suspected of having a concussion, he/she should be immediately removed from all play, whether it be a game or practice. Continuing to participate in physical activity after a concussion can lead to worsening symptoms, increased risk for further injury, and even death.

Possible signs/symptoms resulting from a concussion:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Visual problems
  • Balance problems
  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • Nervousness
  • Drowsiness
  • Difficulty remembering
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Vomiting
  • Feeling slowed down
  • Confusion
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Numbness/tingling
  • Sleeping less than usual
  • Difficulty with/slurred speech
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Feeling mentally foggy
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Unequal/dilated pupils
  • Sadness
  • Feeling more emotional
  • Amnesia
  • Trouble falling asleep

What to do next:

  • Your child should refrain from physical activity, including gym, recess, exertion activities, contact activities and contact sports until appropriately evaluated and cleared to resume.
  • Avoid taking NSAIDs including aspirin, Advil, and Aleve. Consult a specialist prior to taking any pain reliever. Rest tends to be most helpful for relieving headaches.
  • Avoid anything that worsens symptoms including TV, reading, texting, loud noise, bright lights, etc.
  • Avoid ‘pushing through’ symptoms; limit cognitive or ‘thinking’ activities and take breaks as needed to help manage symptom load.
  • Stay adequately hydrated.
  • Inform your primary care physician of the injury and schedule an appointment with a healthcare professional knowledgeable in concussion management.

Emergency Instructions:

Refer to an emergency room immediately with onset of any of the following signs/symptoms: weakness or numbness in arms/legs, decreased coordination, neck pain, repeated vomiting/nausea, pupil differences, ringing in ears, vision problems, slurring speech, seizures or convulsions, change in state of consciousness, increased confusion, unusual behavior, severe and/or worsening headache.

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.