Head CogsSigns and Symptoms of Concussion Injury

It is not always easy to know or recognized if someone has suffered a concussion or a mild traumatic brain injury. You do not have to lose consciousness to have a concussion injury.

If you notice any symptoms of a concussion or are in doubt about whether your child may be injured, contact your doctor. Concussion symptoms can range from mild to severe and last for a few hours or in other cases up to several months.

Symptoms can vary, and there are many potential physical symptoms—some less easily recognizable than others—such as the following:

  • Headache or dizziness that will not subside
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Sensitivity to light and sound
  • Blurred vision
  • Balance problems
  • Cognitive problems such as an inability to concentrate or remember (some patients complain of being slower or not thinking clearly)
  • Mood problems such as being overly angry, anxious (nervous), sad, or depressed
  • Changes in sleep patterns, (e.g., difficulty falling asleep, sleeping more or less than usual).

If you observe or suspect any of these symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.

Click here to access the Centers for Disease Control’s “Brain Injury Basics,” an excellent resource on brain injury.

Check out this video on concussion injury.