Concussion Signs and Symptoms
Only one of the following symptoms needs to be present. It is also possible to have any combination of these symptoms.
- Confusion / disorientation
- Blurred vision
- Feeling “in a fog”
- May or may not involve loss of consciousness
(loss of consciousness is not typical)
What should be done if a concussion is suspected?
- Do not have the person take ibuprofen related products or aspirin
- Seek medical advice from an individual who is trained in assessing and diagnosing concussions
- Carefully watch the injured person for worsening symptoms
- If symptoms continue to worsen, transport the athlete to the local emergency room for further evaluation
How do you prevent head injuries?
- Follow a physician’s “return to play” guidelines
- Equipment should be properly fitted, routinely checked and replaced or refitted when necessary (this includes protective oral devices such as mouth-guards)
- Always follow “safe sports techniques” as they pertain to your sport If an athlete has sustained a head injury and has concussion symptoms, he / she should not return to play without being evaluated by a medical professional