Learn to Identify Concussion Signs and Symptoms


By Corey Long, FNF Coaches Correspondent

LOOK FOR: Glassy eyes, general confusion, poor balance, a brief loss of consciousness, behavior changes, vomiting.

LISTEN FOR: Complaints of headaches, complaints of double vision, failure to digest instructions, inability to recall events before or after the hit, complaints of bright lights or loud noises.

Sometimes the symptoms go into a danger area beyond just a normal concussion. This is serious and could have fatal consequences if not acted upon quickly.

Call 911 immediately or have paramedics on alert if after a bump, blow or jolt to the head or body the player exhibits one or more of the following danger signs:

  • One pupil larger than the other
  • Is drowsy and cannot be awakened
  • A serious headache
  • Numbness in the body
  • Poor coordination
  • Slurred or broken speech
  • Immediate seizures after injury
  • Loss of consciousness

While most athletes with a concussion will recover quickly and fully, each athlete is different and should be monitored as such. Athletes who have a previous concussion history are at an increased risk for another concussion. And teens generally have a longer recovery time than adults.