Post-concussion syndrome is a complex disorder in which a combination of post-concussion symptoms — such as headaches and dizziness — last for weeks and sometimes months after the injury that caused the concussion. Since the injury is invisible it is sometimes very hard to diagnose or treat. Once it is determined that you or your child is suffering post-concussion syndrome, it is important to make a plan with the inner circle, player (if of age), parent, coach, trainer and family doctor. Everyone must work in the best interest of the injured party.
Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury, usually occurring after a blow to the head. Loss of consciousness isn’t required for a diagnosis of concussion or post-concussion syndrome. In fact, the risk of post-concussion syndrome doesn’t appear to be associated with the severity of the initial injury.
In most people, post-concussion syndrome symptoms occur within the first seven to 10 days and go away within three months, though they can persist for a year or more. Post-concussion syndrome treatments are aimed at easing specific symptoms. Note that some symptoms maybe masked by other issues or they may not appear for months. It is important if you suspect a blow to the brain or an impact to the body that may have resulted in a head injury to take it very serious and consult with the team trainer or an concussion educated physican.
Please note: The above list is not exhaustive nor does having one or more of these symptoms mean that someone has a concussion. It is merely a guide to possible concussive symptoms. It is important to seek medical attention immediately to receive a diagnosis.