Youth Sports: Concussion Signs & Symptoms
It’s football season here in the great state of Texas! Some of you out there might even say this is the most wonderful time of the year – forget the holidays!
Here at Texan Insurance, we love football season. We’ve got college football, Friday Night Lights and, our favorite, the Houston Texans to look forward to nearly every night of the week. And if you’re a parent, then odds are, you’ve got one (or all) of your children enrolled in a youth sports league.
Getting your kids out and active is important, but that does mean they are at an increased risk for concussion. Do you know how to spot the signs and symptoms of a concussion? Check out these tips from the Mayo Clinic on how to recognize a concussion:
Concussion Signs & Symptoms
The following signs and symptoms are common for concussions and other traumatic brain injuries:
- Appears to be dazed or stunned following a fall or blow to the head
- May appear to be confused regarding position or assignment
- Cannot recall the events leading up to or proceeding a blow to the head
- Does not know the score or opponent
- May be nauseous or experience vomiting
- Experiences a sensitivity to noise and/or light
- Double or blurry vision
- May feel like they are “lost in a fog”
- ANY loss of consciousness
- Exhibits a change in personality or becomes irritable
- Sleep disturbances
If your child is during a sporting event it is important that you do no allow them to return to play until he or she has been evaluated by a trained medical professional. If you child is diagnosed with a concussion they should not return to play in the same day.
Stay safe out there!