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Signs & Symptoms


What is a concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury caused by a bump or blow to the head. Even what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.

You cannot see a concussion. Signs and symptoms may show up right after the injury, or they may not be noticed until days or weeks later. If you or your loved one reports any symptoms of a concussion that last longer than two weeks, please make an appointment with the Concussion Clinic.

What are signs and symptoms of a concussion?

       Signs observed by family
        and friends:

  • Is confused or appears dazed or stunned
  • Forgets an instruction
  • Is unsure of game, score or opponent
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Shows behavior or personality changes
  • Can't recall events before or after injury
      Symptoms reported by patient:
  • Headache or "pressure" in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Feels sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Doesn't "feel right"


For more signs and symptoms, download the CDC's Concussion Fact Sheet for Parents via the Download PDF button.

How can you help your child prevent a concussion?

  • Ensure they follow the coach's rules for safety and the rules of the sport
  • Encourage them to practice good sportsmanship at all times
  • Make sure they wear the right protective equipment and that it fits properly, is well maintained and is worn consistently and correctly
  • Learn the sign and symptoms of a concussion

Contact Us

Deaconess Concussion Clinic
520 Mary Street, Suite 340
Evansville, IN 47710
812-450-TEAM (8326)
or 812-450-6700