A concussion is a brain injury which results in temporary disruption of normal brain function. This occurs when the brain is violently rocked back and forth or twisted inside the skull as a result of a blow to the head or body. A person does not have to lose consciousness ("be knocked-out") to suffer a concussion.
SYMPTOMS YOUR ATHLETE MAY REPORT
Headache or "pressure" in head
Nausea or vomiting
Balance problems or dizziness
Sensitivity to light and/or noise
Unsure of game, score or opponent
Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy
Concentration or memory problems
Answers questions slower than normal
Does not "feel right" or is "feeling down"
Cannot recall events prior to hit
If there is any suspicion for concussion, your athlete should be removed from physical activity and recreational play immediately. Remember,
WHEN IN DOUBT, SIT IT OUT!
IBJI Concussion Specialists:
For your information, the IbJI Concussion Program is financially integrated. If you are referred to a clinician in IBJI for related services, you may request and receive a referral for these services outside or independent of IBJI.