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.