Signs & Symptoms of Concussion

Any athlete who has sustained a concussion will have had a blow to the head or body and will show some of the following symptoms:

Physical

• Headache, dizziness, nausea
• Visual changes such as double or blurry vision, flashing lights, unusual colors
• Balance problems
• Drowsiness, fatigue, sleep difficulties
• Trouble tolerating light or noise

Cognitive

• Confusion, disorientation or feeling mentally “foggy”
• Feeling “slowed down” in thinking
• Trouble focusing and concentrating
• Forgetfulness or poor short-term memory
• Word-finding problems

Emotional

•  Irritability
•  Unusual moodiness
•  Sadness
•  Nervousness or anxiety
•  Depression

Some of these symptoms will appear immediately after the injury. Some may quickly disappear while other symptoms can increase or develop in the hours or days following the injury.

Former-NFL player Gene Breen suffered multiple concussions.  Read about his rehabiliation journey.


Learn about concussion management in sports from consulting Neuropsychologist for
NeuroRestorative, Dr. Neal McGrath.