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.
- 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
- 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.