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Common signs of a concussion

posted Jan 25, 2019, 7:55 AM by Dr. Curtis Cripe

Concussions occur quite normally in contact sports such as football, soccer, and boxing. What’s worrying about them is that a lot of people don’t even realize they’ve sustained one. While most cases are followed by full recovery, these violent blows to the head can also lead to various complications and even fatality, especially with failure to subject them immediate treatment.

Both signs and symptoms of concussions may not appear immediately and, when they do, can last for days or even weeks. Such severe traumatic brain injury can lead to confusion, headache, or even loss of memory. If you’ve hit your head, you may temporary lose consciousness, fail to remember the cause of the blow (amnesia about the event), hear ringing in your ears, feel nauseated, have slurred speech, and even start vomiting.

Other possible symptoms of a concussion are sudden bouts of fatigue, dizziness or “seeing stars,” an inability to reply immediately to questions, and feeling dazed. These, along with the ones mentioned above, are often immediate effects of a blow sustained on the head. 

But, again, concussion signs are not instantly manifested. Some symptoms appear hours or days after the injury is incurred. These symptoms include changes in personality such as sudden irritability, inability to sleep properly, being sensitive to noise and light, having difficulty remembering and concentrating, having issues with taste and smell, and even depression. If you’ve hit your head, the best recourse is still to seek immediately the aid of a physician, particularly a concussion specialist.

Dr. Curtis Cripe is the director of research and development at the NTL Group. His professional career and academic background spans a diverse range of disciplines, including aerospace engineering, software development, bioengineering, addiction recovery, psychophysiology, psychology, and child neurodevelopment. Visit this page for similar posts.