Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Because their brains are still developing, young athletes are more susceptible to the effects of a concussion. Traumatic brain injuries account for more than 20 percent of all injuries associated with sports and recreational activities among children in the U.S.

Concussion overview

Signs and symptoms

Pressure in the head
Neck pain
Nausea or vomiting
Blurred vision
Balance problems
Sensitivity to light
Sensitivity to noise
Feeling slowed down
Feeling like "in a fog"
"Don't feel right"
Difficulty concentrating
Difficulty remembering
Fatigue or low energy
Trouble falling asleep
More emotional Irritability
Nervous or Anxious

Preventing brain injuries

Before participation

  • Consider pre-concussion baseline testing.
  • Check with your league or school to ensure concussion policy statement adherence for all participants suspected of having a concussion.
  • Know the symptoms and what to do if you suspect a concussion.
  • Insist that safety comes first. Protective equipment, such as helmets and padding, must fit properly and be worn consistently.

After a head injury

  • Remove the athlete from play.
  • Seek evaluation of the athlete by a health care professional experienced in evaluating concussions.
  • Inform the athlete's parents or guardians about the possible concussion.
  • Keep the athlete out of play until a health care professional says they can return.
  • Do not let athletes persuade you that they are "just fine" after having sustained a bump or blow to the head.

When does a head injury call for a CT Scan?

Concussion recovery 

  • Symptoms of a concussion typically resolve in seven to 10 days, but some athletes may take weeks or months to fully recover.
  • When an athlete seems to have recovered from a concussion, do not allow them to return to play without permission from a health care professional with experience in evaluating concussions.
  • A repeat concussion can slow the recovery process, create long-term problems, or other potential serious effects, such as second impact syndrome.
  • Retirement from contact sports should be considered for an athlete who has had multiple concussions.

Concussion recovery tips

The Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center provides state-of-the-art care for injured athletes of all ages and levels of play. Contact them at (615) 875-8722.

Additional resources

Last Edited: July 10, 2017
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