Symptoms and Recovery

 

Concussion can have both a direct and indirect effect on learning, often making efficient processing difficult.

Some Common Symptoms of a Concussion:

  • Physical:  Headache, Nausea, Vomiting, Dizziness, Double Vision, Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Cognitive:  Difficulty remembering, Difficulty concentrating and focusing, and Feeling mentally foggy
  • Emotional:  Irritable, Sad, Nervous, Emotional more than usual
  • Sleep:  Trouble falling asleep, Sleeping more than usual, Sleeping less than usual

Today, there is gaining evidence that using a concussed brain to learn can make concussion symptoms worse and possibly prolong the recovery.

The Recovery Goal:

  • to return to pre-injury cognitive functioning
  • to return to pre-injury balance functioning
  • absence of symptoms when at rest
  • absence of symptoms when participating in physical or cognitive activity

Recovery can take several days, several weeks, or several months.  To promote a speedy recovery it may require both physical and mental rest.   

 Physicians May Recommend:

  • absence from school or half-days – decreasing brain activity decreases symptoms and increases the healing process
  • avoid computer use, texting, video games, television, loud music
  • do not participate in physical activities until cleared by a physician

For more information go to www.cdc.gov/concussion

Parent/Athlete Concussion Info Sheet–HeadsUp

HeadsUp Concussion Action Plan

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