Few injuries need to be considered and watched as carefully as a concussion or impact to the head. Athletes playing Football, Rugby or even Soccer are at increased risk for concussion and the symptoms should be watched very carefully.

According to Mayoclinic.com the following concussion symptoms can last for days, weeks or even longer after a concussive brain injury:

-Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head -Temporary loss of consciousness -Confusion or feeling as if in a fog -Amnesia surrounding the traumatic event -Dizziness or “seeing stars" -Ringing in the ears -Nausea or vomiting -Slurred speech -Fatigue

Some of the symptoms of concussions may be immediate or delayed in starting by hours or days after injury:

-Concentration and memory complaints -Irritability and other personality changes -Sensitivity to light and noise -Sleep disturbances -Psychological adjustment problems and depression -Disorders of taste and smell -Symptoms in children

If you or a loved one begins experiencing any of these symptoms after an impact to the head it is important that you seek medical attention and if the symptoms worsen or persist it may be a sign of substantial injury.

In Children

Head trauma is very common in young children. But concussions can be difficult to recognize in infants and toddlers because they can’t readily communicate how they feel. Nonverbal clues of a concussion may include:

-Listlessness, tiring easily -Irritability, crankiness -Change in eating or sleeping patterns -Lack of interest in favorite toys -Loss of balance, unsteady walking

If a child receives anything more than a light bump it is recommended to get them checked out by a doctor.