How Can I Tell If My Child Has A Concussion?

Athlete with Concussion Symptoms. What are the symptoms of a concussion?Concussions can be tricky. Even trained healthcare providers may have a hard time diagnosing concussions because of its varying signs and symptoms. The majority of the time, concussions don’t show up on CT scans or MRIs. But just because a CT scan or MRI is negative, does not rule out a concussion. Keep in mind: most of the time concussions do not involve a loss of consciousness.

Concussion may have several signs visible to those familiar with an individual who’s recently experienced a blow to the head. There are many subtle signs that can point towards a concussion. Sometimes your teammates, coaches, or parents may be the ones to recognize these signs. Getting a concussion feels different for every person that experiences it. Symptoms differ drastically from person to person.

Signs & Symptoms of a Concussion:


(observed by you)


(reported by your child)

• Forgets events before the injury • Concentration or memory problems
• Forgets events after the injury • Dizziness or lightheadedness
• Behavior or personality change • Sensitivity to light or noise
• Loses consciousness, even briefly • Change in sleep pattern
• Appears to be dazed or stunned • Double or fuzzy vision
• Is confused about assignments • Feeling “foggy”
• Answers questions slowly • Headache
• Moves clumsily • Nausea


How are concussions diagnosed?

Sports Concussion Clinic

QMG’s Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Department offers a free concussion clinic to area athletes injured during a game or practice.

Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Located on the first floor of the 1118 Hampshire St. Building

If you think your child has experienced a concussion outside of school athletics you can give us a call at 217-222-2663 for an appointment.

Danger signs can include dilated pupils, slurred speech, worsening headaches, confusion, or loss of consciousness. If they do show some of these signs, you may want to go to the emergency department for a physical examination.

Information provided by ImPACT Baseline Test.