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Signs, Symptoms & Facts
About Concussions

Signs & Symptoms of a Concussion

  • Physical symptoms: headache, dizziness, balance problems, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, numbness & tingling in the arms.
  • Cognitive symptoms: feeling confused, trouble concentrating and remembering events before or after the injury.
  • Emotional symptoms: irritability, sadness, and anxiety.
  • Other symptoms include drowsiness or disruptions in sleep patterns.

Facts About Concussions

  • The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 1.6 to 3.6 million sports-related concussions occur each year.
  • Concussions can happen to any athlete, both male and female, in any sport. They are a common occurrence in motor vehicle, work-place, and home accidents
  • Prior history of a concussion increases the risk of another concussion, particularly in the first year.
  • Some concussions result in loss of consciousness, but over 90% do not.
  • Rest is important - both physical and cognitive - to let the brain heal. Physical rest is not participating in athletics or fitness activities until symptoms resolve. Cognitive rest is achieved by eliminating or significantly decreasing time spent in activities that stimulate the brain such as reading, watching television, playing video games, or listening to music.