Immediate Care

 
 

If You Suspect a Concussion

"A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. Doctors may describe a concussion as a "mild" brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, their effects can be serious." Center For Disease Control

If you suspect a concussion you should be seen by a medical practitioner, see our section regarding Medical Care. Scroll down to see a list of concussion symptoms and an app that can help you check for symptoms.

It's important to first determine if the injury could be more serious, and if 911 needs to be called or if a trip to the Emergency Room is needed.

Symptoms that are cause for concern and possibly a trip to the Emergency Room

“In rare cases, a dangerous blood clot may form on the brain in a person with a concussion and crowd the brain against the skull. Contact your healthcare professional or emergency department right away if you have any of the following danger signs after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body:” – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Danger signs in adults:

  • A constant severe headache that gets worse
  • Sudden severe vomiting or nausea
  • Fainting or blacking out or if people can’t wake you up
  • Very drowsy
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Cannot recognize people or places
  • Increasing confusion, restlessness, or agitation
  • Weakness, numbness or decreased coordination
  • Slurred speech, trouble talking, or not making sense
  • Fluid or bleeding from the ear or nose
  • Unusual or strange behavior
  • Have one pupil larger than the other (brainline.org)

Danger signs in children:

  • Any of the adult danger signs
  • Will not stop crying and cannot be consoled
  • Will not nurse or eat

The Information above is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and ConcussionOntario.org


Concussion Symptoms

 From the Centers for Disease Control

From the Centers for Disease Control


Concussion quick check tools from The American Academy of Neurology.

Concussion Checklist

Use this quick guide to evaluate if some may have a concussion and needs to see a licensed healthcare provider.

LINK TO PDF

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Concussion Quick Check for Android

Download the app on your Android device to help evaluate if someone may have a concussion and needs to see a neurologist. 

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Concussion Quick Check for Apple

Download the app on your Apple device to help evaluate if someone may have a concussion and needs to see a neurologist. 

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