Sports From The Sidelines: 9 Concussion Symptoms You May See

For many families, back to school means back to football season. When playing football, or any other sport, concussions can happen more easily than you think. A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) caused by either a direct or indirect blow to the head that is hard enough to disrupt the brain’s metabolic functioning. It is this metabolic disruption that causes the physical, cognitive, emotional and sleep-related symptoms of a concussion. The Center for Disease Control estimates there are between 1.6 million and 3.8 million concussions in the U.S. every year, most of which occur from sports injuries. Although concussions may be common, they don’t have to be game-changers.

Nine Concussion Symptoms You May See From the Sidelines
  1. Balance problems
  2. Looking “dazed” or “out of it”
  3. Glassy eyes or blank stare
  4. Slurred or incoherent speech
  5. More emotional than usual
  6. Confusion about game situation or location
  7. Behavioral or personality changes
  8. Uncoordinated movements
  9. Cannot recall events prior to or after impact

Other Symptoms to Look Out For
  • Headache
  • Pressure in head
  • Blurry or double vision
  • Dizzy
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Ringing in the ears or hearing problems
  • Feeling slowed down or “foggy”
  • Drowsy or low energy
  • Irritability
  • Sadness
  • Sensitivity to light and/or noise
  • Difficulty remembering

If you suspect your child may have sustained a concussion based on the symptoms above, it is best to call your doctor right away. It is important to be evaluated by a professional and receive proper care in order to minimize the risk of permanent injury and prolonged symptoms.

How GMC Can Help
On August 15 the Concussion Institute at Gwinnett Medical Center-Duluth is offering ImPACT testing for athletes ages twelve and up, free of charge. A baseline ImPACT test will allow for better diagnosis and management if a concussion should occur during the playing season. To register, visit

For more information about our Concussion Institute, visit our website or schedule an appointment by calling 678-312-7880.


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