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A sports concussion is a type of brain injury caused by a blow or forceful movement to the head. This type of injury can occur in various sports, like soccer, football and hockey. The symptoms can be subtle or pronounced, depending on how severe the concussion is.

If you think you may have experienced a sports concussion, our expert sports medicine team at Atrium Health Musculoskeletal Institute is here to help.

Understanding sports concussions and post-concussion care

Learn about sports concussions from Kevin Burroughs, MD, a sports medicine specialist at Atrium Health Musculoskeletal Institute. From diagnosis to return to play, Dr. Burroughs covers it all in this comprehensive overview.

Concussion symptoms

Common symptoms of a concussion may include:

  1. Acting somewhat confused
  2. Being drowsy or hard to wake up
  3. Bothered by light or noise
  4. Dizziness or balance problems
  5. Feeling like you have "lost time"
  6. Headache
  7. Memory loss (amnesia) of events before the injury or right after
  8. Nausea and vomiting
  9. Sleep problems
  10. Unable to concentrate or not thinking clearly

The following are warning signs of a more severe head injury or concussion. If you notice any of these symptoms, get medical help immediately:

  1. Changes in alertness and consciousness
  2. Can't be awakened
  3. Can't recognize people or places
  4. Seizures
  5. Slurred speech
  6. Unusual behavior changes
  7. Walking or balance problems
  8. Weakness or numbness in arms or legs
  9. Worsening headache
  10. Repeated vomiting