Marc DiFazio, M.D., director of pediatric neurosciences at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, shares some common early signs of concussion:

“Acute signs of a concussion may not appear for hours or even days.” —Marc DiFazio, M.D.

“Acute signs of a concussion may not appear for hours or even days.” —Marc DiFazio, M.D.

  • Headache or a feeling of pressure in the head
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Confusion or feeling as if in a fog
  • Amnesia surrounding the traumatic event
  • Dizziness or “seeing stars”
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Fatigue

Dr. DiFazio also explains that some symptoms may be delayed for hours or days:

  • Concentration and memory complaints
  • Irritability and other personality changes
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Psychological adjustment problems and depression
  • Disorders of taste and smell