Concussion 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 Emergency Room 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.