Signs of Concussion in Children

Signs of concussion are what a parent or coach "sees" in a student athlete with a concussion. Sometimes, after the student athlete hits their head, they are not even aware they have had a concussion—so they may not report it or even know to report symptoms.

Signs you may see:

  • appears dazed or stunned
  • disoriented or confused
  • balance seems wobbly, unsteady on their feet
  • trouble remembering things
  • asks the same questions repeatedly
  • forgets plays, unsure of the game, opponent or score
  • answers questions slowly
  • shows behavior or personality changes

Concussion Symptoms in Children

Concussion symptoms are what the student athletes will report if asked. It is important to impress upon the student athletes that they must be honest in their reporting of symptoms. Don't be alarmed by concussion symptoms, as they are the hallmark of a concussion. However, watching the concussion symptoms for improvement over time is how we know that a concussion is getting better.

Physical: How a Person Feels Physically

  • Headache/Pressure
  • Nausea
  • Blurred Vision
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness/Tingling
  • Poor Balance
  • Sensitivity to Light
  • Ringing in Ears
  • Sensitivity to Noise
  • Seeing "Stars"
  • Disorientation
  • Vacant Stare/Glassy-Eyed
  • Neck Pain

Cognitive: How a Person Thinks

  • Feel in a "Fog"
  • Feel "Slowed Down"
  • Difficulty Remembering
  • Difficulty Concentrating/Easily Distracted
  • Slowed Speech Easily Confused

Emotional: How a Person Feels Emotionally

  • Inappropriate Emotions
  • Irritability
  • Personality Change
  • Sadness
  • Nervousness/Anxiety
  • Lack of Motivation
  • Feeling "More Emotional"

Sleep/Energy: How a Person Experiences Their Energy Level and/or Sleep Patterns

  • Fatigue
  • Drowsiness
  • Excess Sleep
  • Sleeping Less Than Usual
  • Trouble Falling Asleep