10 concussion symptoms you should know

10 concussion symptoms you should know

One of the joys of living in the Midwest during winter is getting out in the snow to enjoy winter sports and activities. Skiing, snowboarding, sledding, hockey, and ice-skating are all great sports that can engage the whole family.

But the snow, ice and speeds can be dangerous for head injuries. So how do you know how to spot a concussion?

Dr. Kate Essad, a neurologist for Aurora Health Care, explains that a concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury caused by a blow to the head or body.

“It is both a temporary change in how the brain cells use energy and symptoms you feel because of that change,” Dr. Essad says.

No two people experience the exact same symptoms, but 10 common symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness and poor balance
  • Problems focusing and reading
  • Feeling off balance
  • Being irritable or moody
  • Anxiousness
  • Depression
  • Feeling tired or fatigue
  • Problems concentrating or remembering

According to the Centers for Disease Control, signs and symptoms generally show up soon after the injury, but sometimes come hours or days afterward.

The best way to assess if you have a concussion is to report your symptoms to a doctor, athletic trainer, or other medical professional to help assess the proper treatment. When treated appropriately and early, concussions resolve and symptoms improve within a short period of time so you can get back to work, school or outside enjoying the winter months.

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Andrea Evert
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