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Concussion Protocol

Signs to look for in a concussion

How can I spot a possible concussion? Teens who show or report one or more of the signs and symptoms listed below—or simply say they just “don’t feel right” after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body—may have a concussion or other serious brain injury.


Signs observed by parents

• Appears dazed or stunned

• Is confused about events

• Answers questions slowly

• Repeats questions

• Can’t recall events prior to the hit, bump, or fall

• Can’t recall events after the hit, bump, or fall

• Loses consciousness (even briefly)

• Shows behavior or personality changes

• Forgets an instruction or assignment


Symptoms reported by teens

• Headache or “pressure” in head

• Nausea or vomiting

• Balance problems or dizziness

• Blurry or double vision

• Sensitivity to light or noise

• Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy

• Difficulty concentrating or remembering

• Just not “feeling right” or “feeling down”

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