A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that changes the way the brain works. A concussion can be caused by a bump or blow to head or body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Symptoms can be immediate or may even take days or weeks to appear.
Signs Observed By Parents
- Appears dazed or stunned
- Confused about assignment or position
- Forgets an instruction
- Moves clumsily
- Answers questions slowly
- Loses consciousness (even briefly)
- Shows personality or behavioral changes
Symptoms Reported by Athletes
- Headaches or the feeling of pressure in the head
- Nausea or vomiting
- Balance problems or dizziness
- Double or blurry vision
- Sensitivity to light
- Sensitivity to noise
- Feeling sluggish, foggy or just "not right"
At Rush Copley, Dr. Deepak Patel offers baseline testing for athletes five years and older. He uses the latest technology including ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) and Sway to provide his patients with the most comprehensive concussion care. Baseline tests provide useful information to help assist Dr. Patel in making sound return to play decisions following concussions.