Monitoring and recovery
Monitor and record any symptoms of concussion such as headaches, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, sleep disturbances, memory lapses, mood swings, poor concentration and any other unusual feelings.
If discharged from hospital, ensure the athlete is under the supervision of a responsible adult.
Uninterrupted sleep is thought to be the best medicine for mild concussion symptoms.
The only time it’s recommended to periodically wake the patient to monitor symptoms is if there was loss of consciousness at the time of the trauma, or if the signs of concussion such as headaches, vomiting, dizziness or sensitivity to noise and light are still present.
It’s vital an athlete be allowed sufficient time to recover from a concussion.
In most cases, full recovery usually takes between ten to fourteen days.
- Sleep disturbance
- Mood changes
- Concentration lapses
- Uninterrupted sleep is best
- Only wake to check periodically if
- LOC initially
- Signs persist