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Concussions in Children

A concussion is an injury to the brain. Kids don’t have to be knocked out to have a concussion. A fall, a hit to the head or anything that shakes the brain inside the skull can cause this hidden injury. Concussions can be mild or serious. At Nemours Children's, we have the skill and technology to diagnose different levels of concussion — and our experts know the right way to help your child’s brain heal.

Concussion in Sports and Recreation

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If a concussion occurs during sports and recreation related activities, implement the HEADS UP action plan. Athletes with a suspected concussion should never return to sports or recreation activities the day of the injury and until a licensed medical provider, experienced in evaluating concussions, says they are symptom-free and it’s OK to return to play.

Post-Concussion Syndrome

Symptoms of post-concussion syndrome develop 4-6 weeks after a concussion, and may include headaches, difficulty concentrating, poor school performance, depression, balance difficulties, and dizziness that can last for several months or more after the initial injury. Post-concussion syndrome is a disorder in which some symptoms, such as headache and dizziness, persist for weeks or months following a concussion. A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that is usually caused by a blow to the head or by whiplash-type movement of the head. There is no specific treatment for post-concussion syndrome, but medications and other therapies may help relieve some of the symptoms. Every brain injury is different, and it is important that you consult with a neurologist if you suspect you have a concussion or brain injury.

Additional Concussion Resources

The Center for Disease Control’s website also offers free information for parents, coaches, school and sports professionals on their “Heads Up” page. Available information includes training, customizable PDF sheets, mobile apps, videos, graphics, podcasts, and social media.

Read the Center for Disease Control’s Fact Sheet about Concussion and Brain Injury.