What are the Symptoms of a Concussion?

March 5, 2013 at 7:02 am | Posted in Concussion Management, Sports Medicine | Leave a comment
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The symptoms of a concussion are related to how well the brain cells are functioning and working together. The most common symptoms are:


Often, symptoms will worsen over a matter of days, and it is common for new symptoms to appear in the days following the injury. Symptoms may also worsen when the brain is stressed, for example, when a child is doing schoolwork or participating in a physical activity.

Age and pre-existing conditions

The following pre-existing conditions may be worsened or more difficult to control during a concussion. Concussion symptoms may also be more severe or prolonged in those with these underlying conditions.

  • Migraine Headaches
  • Learning disabilities
  • Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Psychiatric Problems
  • Mood disorders (anxiety, depression, etc.)
  • Motion sickness
  • Eye problems

Pediatric/adolescent concussions take longer to recover from. Those with prior concussions may take longer to recover.

For more information, you can see the following link:
CDC: Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports –

Acknowledgement – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Concussion Website


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