Fall makes me think of football.  Football makes me think of concussions.  Do you know the signs of a concussion?

According to Mayo Clinic, most concussions do not cause loss of consciousness.  Things to look for include:

  • Headache
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Blurry vision
  • Confusion or feeling as if in a fog
  • Amnesia surrounding the traumatic event
  • Dizziness or “seeing stars”
  • Temporary loss of consciousness (though this doesn’t always occur)
  • Slurred speech
  • Delayed response to questions
  • Dazed appearance
  • Forgetfulness, such as repeatedly asking the same question
  • Concentration and memory complaints
  • Irritability and other personality changes
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Psychological adjustment problems and depression
  • Disorders of taste and smell

Keep your kiddos safe during this sports season!  Make sure they rest and recover after injuries.  If they return to a sport too soon, it could create more injuries!