A concussed person should be removed from activity immediately and assessed by a medical doctor. Post-concussive symptoms may intensify with an increase in activity, so it is important that return to activity is gradual and monitored/supervised by a medical professional. If symptoms worsen, it may be important to seek medical assistance right away.
Following a concussion, individuals may experience many different signs and symptoms. A symptom is something the athlete will feel, whereas a sign is something friends, family or a coach may notice. It is important to remember that some symptoms may appear right away and some may appear later.
What to look for?
•Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head • Temporary loss of consciousness • Confusion or feeling as if in a fog • Amnesia surrounding the traumatic event • Dizziness or “seeing stars” • Ringing in the ears • Nausea • Sensitivity to light and noise • Sleep disturbances • Vomiting • Slurred speech • Delayed response to questions • Appearing dazed • Fatigue • Concentration and memory complaints • Irritability and other personality changes • Psychological adjustment problems and depression • Disorders of taste and smell