Conditions and symptoms

Every concussion is serious. Your child may complain or mention one of the many conditions or symptoms that are associated with concussion. Most are mild, ranging from headache, dizziness, fatigue and difficulty with school. But if not properly managed, some concussions can result in serious permanent injury and even death. It is essential that you seek medical evaluation and treatment of concussion for your child if you suspect concussion.  

Every concussion is serious. Your child may complain of one or many of the symptoms associated with concussion. The symptoms can range from mild to significant, perhaps keeping him/her home from school. It is essential that you seek medical care for your child if you suspect concussion. Most young athletes with a concussion completely recover, but some may result in permanent problems or even death. 

Common conditions and symptoms include:

Cognitive symptoms

  • Confusion
  • Disoriented
  • Amnesia
  • Distractible
  • “Foggy”
  • Slow response

Physical symptoms

  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizzy
  • Fatigue
  • Vision changes
  • Photo/phono phobia
  • Numbness/tingling

Emotional symptoms

  • Irritable
  • Sad
  • Nervous
  • Mood swings
  • More emotional

Sleep problems

  • Hard to fall asleep
  • Wakes at night
  • More fatigued

Based on how serious the concussion is, some symptoms may last from one day to several months. After a concussion, most young athletes will have symptoms for about three weeks or less.