Every athlete, parent and coach should be familiar with the signs and symptoms of concussion, some of which may show up hours or days after the injury. These include:
- Difficulty thinking clearly, concentrating or remembering new information.
- Headache, blurry vision, queasiness or vomiting, dizziness or balance problems or sensitivity to noise or light.
- Irritability, moodiness, sadness or nervousness.
- Excessive sleepiness or difficulty falling asleep or remaining asleep.
Any of these symptoms should be reported without delay to a medical professional. The youth athlete will need to be evaluated and cleared by a health care provider before returning to the field.