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The First Few Days
Eating regular meals and snacks can help improve your mood, sleep and mental focus.
Stay away from stimulants (coffee, caffeine, soda and energy drinks) and depressants (alcohol, sedatives) as they can add stress to the brain.
Keep a regular schedule. Talk to your physician if you are having trouble getting a good night’s sleep
Try doing activities that help you relax and feel calm. Stress, emotional distress and worry can make symptoms feel worse and prevent you from doing things that will help you get better.
Talk about worries with your physician, family member or friend. Talking and letting others know how they can help tends to help you feel better.
Unless Your Physician Says Otherwise
Because of the potential long-term consequences of sports concussion, it is important that athletes, coaches, and parents know as much as possible about how to recognize them.
Symptoms are not always obvious. Although it is commonly assumed that concussions cause loss of consciousness, many people with concussions have not been “knocked out.”
Concussion causes a variety of symptoms. These may appear right away, or may be delayed for several days after the injury. Some symptoms are physical, such as drowsiness. Others are cognitive, like memory loss. In many cases, people with concussions are more emotional than usual.
The most common symptoms of concussion include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Memory loss
- Balance problems, dizziness
- Difficulty speaking and communicating
- Nausea and vomiting
- Changes in sleep patterns