Concussion Management

Signs and Symptoms

If your child has experienced a bump to the head during a game or practice, look for any signs and symptoms of a concussion. Seek medical attention immediately if you believe your child has a concussion.

Observed Symptoms:

  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Is confused about assignment or position
  • Forgets sports plays
  • Is unsure of game, score or opponent
  • Moves clumsily and/or answers slowly
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Shows behavior or personality changes
  • Can’t recall events prior or after hit or fall

Athlete-Reported Symptoms:

  • Headache or pressure in the head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light and/or noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion or does not “feel right”

Safety First — If a Concussion Occurs

If you suspect your child has sustained a concussion, you should take the following steps:

  • Remove your child from play.
  • Ensure your child is evaluated by a health care professional experienced in concussion evaluation. Do not try to judge the seriousness of the injury yourself.
  • Phone ahead to the Emergency Department at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, (913) 541-6866, and bring your child in for assessment. (Withhold food or drink until after ED arrival.)
  • Follow up with your primary care physician, pediatrician or a concussion specialist. To schedule post-injury testing, if ordered by your primary care physician or pediatrician, call (913) 541-3365.
  • Keep your child out of play until he or she is released by a primary care physician or pediatrician to return to activity.