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What Does a Concussion Look Like?

By: Anapol Weiss

A person can sustain a concussion any time he or she suffers a bump, blow or jolt to the head or body that results in a quick movement of the head.

It’s important that coaches and teammates look out for these injuries and any signs of a concussion that may subsequently occur.

A player who sustains a concussion may appear dazed, confused or stunned, according to a concussion guide created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A concussed player may also be unsure or forgetful of the game, score or opponent.

Moving clumsily, answering questions slowly and losing consciousness – even briefly – are all indications of a concussion. Any changes in mood, behavior or personality or an inability to recall events could also mean a player has suffered a concussion. Concussed players may complain of the following:

  • Headache or pressure in the head

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Dizziness or balance problems

  • Poor vision

  • Sensitivity to light or noise

  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy

  • Concentration or memory problems

  • Confusion

  • Feeling “down” or not “feeling right”

The CDC recommends that athletes who experience one or more concussion symptoms after sustaining a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body be removed from play. Further, he or she should be kept out of the game until a health care professional, experienced with concussions, says they are symptom-free and ready to return.

It’s important that coaches and others responsible for players’ well-being are proactive in protecting concussed players from getting hurt worse. When they fail to do so, athletes can be left with permanent and life-threatening injuries. Contact our firm for assistance if you or someone in your care has suffered from serious injuries due to the failure of others to follow proper concussion guidelines.