Not all head injuries are concussions, what are the warning signs you need to look for to spot a concussion?
How Can I Recognize a Possible Concussion?
There are two key things that let you determine if there’s a possible concussion.
1. A blow, bump, or jolt that results in the rapid movement and/or injury to the head
2. Any changes in behavior, thinking, or physical functioning after the injury
According to the CDC, if you have any of these signs, you should get examined for concussion. If you are an athlete, you should not return to play after a blow to the head if these signs.
Signs Observed by others
- Appears dazed or stunned
- Is confused about assignment or position
- Forgets an instruction
- Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
- Moves clumsily
- Answers questions slowly
- Loses consciousness (even briefly)
- Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes
- Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall
- Can’t recall events after hit or fall
Signs reported by injured
- Headache or “pressure” in head
- Nausea or vomiting
- Balance problems or dizziness
- Double or blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Sensitivity to noise
- Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
- Concentration or memory problems
- Does not “feel right” or is “feeling down”
You cannot see a concussion and sometimes it takes a while for symptoms to show up. Most people recover quickly, but sometimes it can take weeks or more to recover.
Serious danger signs
Sometimes, very rarely, a blood clot can form on the brain of someone who has had a concussion and create pressure on the brain.
- Headache that gets worse and does not go away
- Weakness, numbness or decreased coordination
- Repeated vomiting
- Slurred speech
- Extreme drowsiness
- Pupils of different sizes
- Worsening symptoms
Concussions can be dangerous, it’s important to take them seriously. Know the warning signs.