Concussions

A concussion is an injury to the brain caused by direct or indirect blow to the head or body.  A concussion usually causes immediate, but temporary impairment of brain function.  In some instances, symptoms of head injury may not appear for several hours after trauma.  A person does NOT have to lose consciousness to have a concussion.  Every head injury should be taken seriously and each dealt with appropriately.

Signs and symptoms of a concussion

• Headache

• Nausea

• Dizzy or unsteady

• Sensitive to light or noise

• Feeling mentally foggy

• Dazed or stunned appearance

• Change in the level of consciousness or awareness

• Confused about assignment

• Forgets plays

• Unsure of score, game, opponent

• Clumsy

• Answers more slowly than usual

• Shows behavior changes

• Loss of consciousness

• Asks repetitive questions or memory concerns

Injured athletes can exhibit many or just a few of the signs and/or symptoms of concussion.  However, if a player exhibits any signs or symptoms of concussion, the responsibility is simple: remove them from participation. "When in doubt, sit them out!"

VMH Concussion Handout

• Baseline concussion testing handout

• Baseline testing schedule

For more information or to schedule a baseline ImPACT® test please contact Nicole Robinson at (608) 637-4385 or nrobinson@vmh.org

• VMH concussion clinic info

WI Law Link

Heads Up Concussion Video

NATA Football Video

Concussion Fact Sheets for ATHLETES

Concussion Fact Sheets for PARENTS

Concussion Fact Sheets for COACHES

• Concussion Prevention

DPI Guidelines for Concussion

Link to ImPACT®