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Prevention & Resources

Signs & Symptoms of Concussion

There are many signs and symptoms of a concussion. Concussion symptoms may
appear minutes, hours, or days after the initial injury. Symptoms may be physical,
emotional, behavioral, or cognitive (affect thinking). You may observe these signs in
your child or your child may report symptoms to you.

  • Headache or pressure in the head
  • Dizziness, balance problems
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sensitivity to noise, ringing in ears
  • Sensitivity to light, blurry or double vision
  • Feels tired
  • Tingling
  • Does not “feel right”
  • Seems dazed, stunned

  • Becomes irritable
  • Becomes sad or depressed
  • More emotional than usual
  • Anxious or nervous
  • Personality or behavioral changes, such as becoming impulsive

  • Trouble thinking clearly
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Trouble remembering, can’t recall events before or after the hit
  • Feels sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Feels “slowed down”
  • Repeats questions or answers questions more slowly
  • Confusion
  • Forgets routine things

Childhood Concussion Coalition

The Injury Prevention Service formed the Oklahoma Childhood Concussion Coalition in December of 2018 to strengthen statewide efforts to prevent childhood head injuries. The coalition, which is comprised of representatives from key community partners, advocates, and health care providers, was formed to reduce concussion-related morbidity and mortality through partnership, education, and policy. For more information on the Oklahoma Childhood Concussion Coalition, please email concussion@health.ok.gov.

Oklahoma Data & Evaluation

CDC HEADS UP: Concussion Recognition & Response

A new CDC study reports youth tackle football athletes ages 6 to 14 sustained 15 times more head impacts than flag football athletes during a practice or game and 23 times more hard head impacts.

Athletes, coaches, parents and sports officials can find resources for recognizing and responding to concussions through the CDC HEADS UP training and resource campaign.  

Additional Resources


Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Injury Prevention Service
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave. Suite 1702
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-6406

Physical Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Injury Prevention Service
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK

Telephone: (405) 426-8440
Fax: (405) 900-7588
Email: concussion@health.ok.gov

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