What is a concussion?
A concussion is a traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall, or other injury that jars or shakes the brain inside the skull. Although there may be cuts or bruises on the head or face, there may be no visible signs of a brain injury.
If you think your child may have suffered a concussion, don’t delay; seek emergency medical treatment or call 911 immediately!
Studies show young people recover more slowly from concussions than adults; partly because their brains are still developing, but also due to a lack of awareness.
Symptoms of a concussion:
• Unequal pupil size/abnormal eye movement
• Double or blurred vision
• Balance issues/problems walking
• Loss of coordination
• Slurred speech
• Nausea or vomiting
• Drowsiness/inability to fully wake up
• Loss of consciousness