Concussion Symptoms

You can’t see a concussion, but you might notice some of the
the symptoms right away. Other symptoms can show up hours
or even days after the injury.


Sensitivity to light or sound

Double or fuzzy vision


Slowed reaction time


Balance problems or dizziness


Loss of consciousness

Feeling unusually irritable

Feeling sluggish, froggy, or groggy

Memory problems

Play It Safer

CIF Bylaw

A student athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or a head injury in a practice or game shall be removed from competition at the time for the remainder of the day.

Return to play cannot be sooner than 7 days after the evaluation by a physician who has made the diagnosis of concussion.

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Get The Facts

Can change the way your brain
normally works

Can range from mild to extremely severe

Can occur even if you do not lose

Can occur during practice or competition in any sport

Presents itself differently for each athlete

A concussion is caused by a blow to the head or body

from contact with another player, hitting a hard surface such as the ground ice, floor

Being hit by a piece of equipment such as a bat, lacrosse stick, or field hockey ball

What can happen if my child keeps on playing with a concussion or returns too soon?

Athletes with the signs and symptoms of concussion
should be removed from play immediately (CIF Bylaw 313). Continuing to play with the signs and symptoms of a concussion leaves the young athlete especially vulnerable to greater injury.

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