Thursday, June 16, 2011

Signs & Symptoms of Concussions

About 300,000 student-athletes sustain concussions each year and are not even noticed by many parents or coaches.
Ask your child's coaches how they assess injuries to the head, and watch out for the following red flags of concussion:
  • confusion
  • amnesia
  • headaches and dizziness
  • irritability
  • fatigue
  • loss of consciousness
  • nausea
  • blurred vision
If your kid experiences any of the above symptoms, he/she shouldn't go back to the sport until seen by a physician.
In the case of persistent and severe vomiting following a concussion, your child should be taken immediately to an emergency room.