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Overview - RECOGNITION

COGNITIVE FEATURES

  • Unaware of period, opposition, score
  • Confusion
  • Amnesia
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Unaware of time, date, place

PHYSICAL SIGNS

  • Loss of consciousness/Impaired consciousness
  • Poor coordination or balance
  • Concussive convulsion/Impact seizure
  • Gait unsteadiness/Loss of balance
  • Slow responding to questions or directions
  • Easily distracted, poor concentration
  • Unusual or inappropriate emotions
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Vacant stare/glassy eyes
  • Slurred speech
  • Personality changes
  • Inappropriate or significantly decreased playing behavior

TYPICAL SYMPTOMS

  • Headache                                               Over 42% of youth coaches
  • Dizziness                                                 surveyed mistakenly believed
  • Nausea                                                    that a concussion only occurs
  • Unsteady/Loss of balance                          when an athlete loses
  • Feeling "dinged", stunned, or" dazed"          consciousness.
  • "Having my bell rung"                                      (Valovich, McLeod, et al., 2007)
  • Seeing stars or flashing lights
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Double vision

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