Concussion: What are the Signs and Symptoms?

  • December 25, 2017
  • |Quartz
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Only one of the following symptoms needs to be present. It is also possible to have any combination of these symptoms.

Concussion Signs and Symptoms

  • Confusion / disorientation
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Unsteadiness
  • Nausea
  • Feeling “in a fog”
  • Vomiting
  • 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


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