Concussion Signs and Symptoms

Please Note: If any one or more sign(s) and/or symptom(s) are present, a concussion should be suspected but the full check should be completed (including the Quick Memory Function Check) to provide comprehensive information to parent/guardian and medical doctor/nurse practitioner.

Red Flag Sign(s) and Symptom(s)

  • Deteriorating conscious state
  • Double vision
  • Increasingly restless, agitated or combative
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Neck pain or tenderness
  • Seizure or convulsion
  • Severe or increasing headache
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness or tingling/burning in arms or legs

Other Concussion Signs

  • Balance, gait difficulties, motor incoordination, stumbling, slow laboured movements
  • Blank or vacant look
  • Disorientation or confusion, or an inability to respond appropriately to questions
  • Facial injury after head trauma
  • Lying motionless on the playing surface (no loss of consciousness)
  • Slow to get up after a direct or indirect hit to the head

Other Concussion Symptoms

  • “Don’t feel right”
  • “Pressure in head”
  • Balance problems
  • Blurred vision
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty remembering
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Feeling like “in a fog"
  • Feeling slowed down
  • Headache
  • More emotional
  • More irritable
  • Nausea
  • Nervous or anxious
  • Sadness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensitivity to noise