11 Facts You Didn’t Know About Concussions


The signs of a concussion aren’t always obvious. And neither is the recovery.

  1. The signs of a concussion aren’t always obvious. They can include unusual symptoms like sadness, repeating questions, tingling and trouble falling asleep.
  2. Even a mild concussion should be evaluated by a doctor. Get in to see your child’s pediatrician or primary care doctor as soon as possible. When a concussion is severe or symptoms won’t go away, a specialist may be needed.
  3. More than 85 percent of concussions heal fine, but only if managed correctly in the first days to weeks following the injury.
  4. Symptoms may take up to a day to appear after an incident.
  5. A concussion doesn’t always cause unconsciousness.
  6. The most important thing to do if someone is injured during a sports activity is to immediately stop playing. They need to avoid any further hits, jolts, shakes or bumps to the head or spine.
  7. Whether it’s embarrassment or the pressure to keep playing, a young athlete may not admit they had a concussion. Encourage them to come forward if they have an injury, or if they notice a teammate is injured.
  8. For 24-48 hours after a concussion, your child needs mental rest—and that doesn’t mean they can spend the day watching Netflix. They should limit activities like television, texting, social media, reading, driving, doing homework, social interaction and attending loud events.
  9. When it comes to returning to sports, symptoms must be resolved first. Athletes should get medical clearance from a doctor before they get back in the game.
  10. One concussion is rough enough, but research has shown that repeated jars to the head can have lasting effects on the brain. And, if a second concussion is sustained before the first concussion heals, they are at risk for a life-threatening condition called Second Impact Syndrome.
  11. The brain of a young person is still developing. That means a head injury that isn’t treated could derail their brain from developing properly, leading to long-term problems.

Concussion Guide

Concussion Guide: Road to Recovery

Get everything you need to know about concussions in our complete guide, which features:

  • Symptoms of a concussion—the expected and unexpected
  • Steps to return your student to school
  • How to know when your child is ready to play sports again
  • Frequently asked questions