Concussion Symptoms

Concussion Symptoms

Concussion symptoms can be divided into 3 main categories: Physical, Cognitive, and Emotional/Behavioural

Physical

-Headache (most common)

-Dizziness

-Nausea/vomiting/stomach pain

-Slurred speech

-Feeling “stunned” or “out of it”

-Blurred or double vision

-Fatigue

-“Glassy-eyed” appearance to others

-Ringing in ears

-Sensitivity to light and/or noise

-Lack of energy

-Temporary loss of consciousness (less than 10%)


Cognitive

-Decreased in regular level of coordination/balance

-Decreased reaction time, general playing ability

-Lack of focus and concentration

-Easily distracted

-Can result in difficulties at school

-Inability to orient themselves to place and time (confusion)

-Cannot say where they are or what is happening around them

-Amnesia or other disturbances to memory

-Difficulty remembering event immediately prior to and/or after the impact


Emotional/Behavioural

-Inappropriate or extreme reactions to a situation

e.g. laughing or crying at when not typically warranted

-Mood changes compared to a healthy state

e.g. increasingly irritable or frustrated

-Difficulty sleeping

-After initial drowsiness of concussion fades away

-Can develop into insomnia in the long term

-Feelings of sadness

-If persistent, can lead to depression


Click on the link below to watch a video from Parachute Canada:

This video clip was taken from ThinkFirst Canada’s “Smart Hockey Video.” Here, you can watch Neurosurgeon, Dr. Charles Tator explain the signs and symptoms of a concussion.

For more information about concussion management, visit http://www.parachutecanada.org/thinkfirstcanada 

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