Mission Brain Injury Center treats concussions just as seriously as severe brain injuries. Concussions are the most common of head injuries and an estimated 300,000 sports-related minor brain injuries occur in the United States each year. The signs and symptoms of a concussion can be subtle but the effects can result in lifetime disabilities if not treated properly.
Symptoms of Concussion on the Field
Any loss of consciousness! Vacant state, slow to answer questions, easily distracted, walking in the wrong direction, unaware of date/time, problems speaking, stumbling, athlete asking the same question multiple times.
Mental Status testing
Ask time, place, person, and facts about injury
Recite months of year in reverse order
Recall names of 3 teams in prior contests, 3 objects, 3 words and again in 5 minutes, recent noteworthy event, details of contest, plays, moves, etc.
5 push-ups; 5 sit-ups; 5 knee bends; sprint; Note any appearance of abnormal symptoms such as headache, dizziness, nausea, blurred vision, unsteadiness, or mental status change
Equal, round in shape, and constrict to light
Finger to nose, walk heal-toe straight line
Finger to nose with eyes closed
Symptoms of Concussion (minutes to hours after the event)
Headache, dizziness, lack of awareness, or nausea/vomiting
Symptoms of Concussion (days to weeks after the event)
Persistent headache, light-headed, poor attention, memory problems, easily fatigues, irritable, frustrated easily, problems with bright lights or loud noises, anxiety, depression, or sleep problems. Ask the player's teachers to notify parents of any worsening in school performance!
Call Mission Hospital's Center for Rehab/Sports/Wellness at (949) 364-9637 for a professional follow-up evaluation.