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signs, symptoms and recovery

signs, symptoms and recoveryIllinois High School Athletics Mandate

Indiciations a concussion may have occured:

  • Difficulty thinking clearly
  • Headache
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Sensitivity to light and noise 
  • Lack of energy
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Irritability
  • Neck pain
  • Dizziness

How long does it take to get better?

Most people recover completely in several days or weeks. However, recovery may take longer and be slower in those who have already had one or more concussions. Also, recovery is sometimes complicated by non-injury factors, such as pain or psychological distress.

When is it safe to return to activity?

If an athlete suffers another concussion while still recovering from a previous one, the risk of severe problems is greatly increased. It is also sometimes difficult to recognize the symptoms of concussion, therefore, the decision to return an athlete to play should only be made by a qualified professional. In general, athletes should not return until they are symptom-free for a defined period of time. This length of time depends on the athlete's history, the severity of the injury and other factors.

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