Coaches: The First Line of Defense (2)

Coaches: The First Line of Defense (2)

There are 4 different signs and symptoms categories of concussion.

Signs and symptoms

The following are 4 different categories of the signs and symptoms of concussions:

  • Physical: Headache is the most frequently reported symptom of a Traumatic Brain Injury. Ringing in the ear, nausea and vomiting can also occur. Other problems are common like balance, seeing stars and vision.
  • Cognitive: Loss of memory and forgetfulness is a symptom that suggests a more serious injury.
  • Emotional: children and adults may experience irritability, sadness, or nervousness.
  • Sleep: Every person can experience a different sleep pattern with a concussion. Some may feel drowsy and sleeping more than usual while others may have difficulty falling asleep.

How Knowledgeable Are You?

True or false:

  • If your child is is hit in the head during a soccer game, should you keep your child in the game and get it checked out at the end?
    False. Any person, no matter what age should be checked out b a qualified physician before returning to the game.
  • The only way to detect a concussion is if you lose consciousness.
    False. Brain injury occurs even without loss of consciousness.
  • My pediatrician said my child should take a break from playing sports video games while they have a concussion.
    True. Activities such as doing homework, playing video games, using a computer, or watching television may worsen symptoms of a concussion. Playing sports is a definite no during a concussion.
  • It can take up to a few months to fully recover from a concussion.
    True. Even though symptoms of a concussion last 7 to 10 days, some athletes may take weeks or months to fully recover.
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