Concussions are among the more serious injuries one can suffer. This despite the fact that, within the medical establishment, concussions are often referred to as a “mild” head trauma. If you’ve had the unfortunate circumstance of suffering a concussion, the experience would not likely be something you’d refer to as “mild.” That’s why it’s important to recognize the signs & symptoms of a concussion in the earliest stages possible. The sooner you become aware of the concussion, the better you’ll be able to treat it.

Whether you have had a concussion, or you are concerned that someone else may have suffered a concussion, this page serves as a resource for you to be better aware of the signs and symptoms of a concussion.

Doctor at Broadview Health Center assessing a teenage patient


Woman with a concussion holding her head after a car accident


On the previous resource page in this series on concussions, we discussed the causes of a concussion. Knowing what the source would likely be – a direct blow to the head, or indirect event that caused head trauma – you’re probably now wondering what you should be looking for in terms of signs and symptoms that this is, in fact, a concussion.

The most common concussion symptoms are headaches as well as difficulty with memory, balance, concentration and coordination.

Loss of consciousness can happen, but one can suffer a concussion and not necessarily be ‘knocked out’ – so it’s important not to rule out concussion based on that.

Full recovery from concussion is most often expected. A contributing factor to that recovery is seeking medical attention if concussion signs & symptoms are present.


If the injury occurred while playing a contact sport, you may be more apt to suspect concussion. Football and hockey are more associated with concussions these days. But one can suffer a brain trauma in a wide variety of circumstances. If you have hit your head, or someone you know has taken a spill, it’s important to be on the lookout for concussion signs & symptoms. These can include:

  • Headache
  • Disorientation or confusion
  • Loss of memory or amnesia
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Issues with vision or ringing in ears

Patients with a concussion also experience light sensitivity, sleep issues, concentration challenges, irritability, mood disorders and more.

A child with concussion may cry more, lost interest in toys & games, seem excessively tired and/or ‘moody,’ etc.

Man holding his head and showing signs of a concussion


Physical Signs

Concussions bring on a cluster of physical symptoms, such as headaches, nausea, vomiting, stumbling, slurring speech, ears ringing, blurred vision and more. These are usually the first signs that one would experience or observe in a concussion.

Internal & Intangible Signs

Beyond the more apparent physical symptoms, many signs of concussion are things that are “felt” or displayed in more subtle ways, often with delayed effect. Concentration & memory issues, disorientation, lack of balance, trouble sleeping, sensitivity to light, etc.

Child with Concussion

Perhaps your child suffered a concussion while playing sports, with friends, in the house or at school. Whether or not you witnessed the injury, it’s vital to watch for signs including the standard adult ones as well excessive crying, loss of usual interest, etc.


If you are experiencing the symptoms of a concussion, it is imperative that you seek medical attention immediately. A doctor can further test you for concussion and give a proper diagnosis.

If you see the signs of a concussion in someone else, whether they’ve been injured in your presence or you are concerned about what may have occurred prior to your seeing them, summon medical help (i.e. call 9-1-1) or encourage them to see a doctor.

Frequently asked questions

Sustaining a single concussion, in many cases, results in a straight-forward recovery with few complications. However, for those who have suffered multiple concussions, especially when the original has not fully healed, the recovery time can grow exponentially. Take care during recovery as while you might feel better, the concussion could still need time to fully heal.

  • We utilize quantifiable concussion evaluation tools
  • We measure eye movements and balance
  • We take care to ensure your recovery is objective, not subjective

A major side effect from sustaining a concussion injury is cervicogenic pain or headaches, which is focused in the neck area. The challenge for doctors is neck pain does not always point to a problem within the neck, but could be a result of spine or eye misalignment.

  • Concussions cause eye misalignment, leading to head tilt
  • Neck pain is a flag for helping identify contributing issues
  • Our treatment is built to help protect your long-term recovery

A common symptom for those who have suffered concussions and experiencing symptoms of post-concussion syndrome includes fatigue. Fatigue can come from many different factors. However, concussions build fatigue symptoms on a cellular level from the damage sustained in a concussion, interrupting your body’s ability to build and use energy.

  • Fatigue from concussions is a result from calcium leaks
  • Other fatigue could stem from problems with thyroids or anemia
  • Fatigue problems can take some time to fully recover from

Post-concussion syndrome is a complex condition that requires a lot of care and time to fully recover from. You could experience significant fatigue, inability to effectively concentrate, headaches, poor balance, and loss of fine motor control. These and more are the result of concussion damage to three major areas in your body, which all require the care our clinic can provide:

  • Physical damage the cell wall of the brain
  • Damage to the motor systems of the eyes and balance
  • Cervucigenic symptoms such as pain in the neck

Broadview Health Centre offers specialized equipment and technology that helps us diagnose problems and treat them effectively in regards to concussions and other mild-traumatic brain injuries. These tools are a mix of physical tests and electrical monitors working in tandem to give evaluations of the body’s control over balance and motor control, giving us invaluable information on a patents condition by:

  • Evaluating the body’s ability to balance on flat and uneven surfaces
  • Balance when a patents head is turning in various directions
  • Building information on how a concussion effects an individual

Broadview Spine & Health Centre utilized state of the art diagnosis equipment to allow us to gain quality information on how to approach treatment to every patent’s unique symptoms. A Videonystagmography allows us to get a fine-tuned reading of eye movements on video and with graphical representation.

  • Helps us identify where damage is located in the brain
  • Helps develop a customized program for the patient
  • Provides conclusive evidence for brain injury symptoms

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