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Headache
Dazed or Confused
Drowsy or Sleepy
Sick
Irritable or 'In A Fog'
Difficulty Remembering Things
Any other change in normal behaviour

Concussion does not always involve losing consciousness; you must take any of these symptoms very seriously. For more details, see the Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool.

Stay aware and stay safe

The signs and symptoms of concussion usually start at the time of injury, but it’s not uncommon for symptoms to be delayed for up to 48 hours.

Hitting your head a second time when you have concussion can be extremely serious.

Knowing what to do if you think someone might have a concussion can prevent serious injury and may even save a life.

Know what to do and watch out for each other

If you have hit your head or you think someone else might have suffered a concussion:

Stop Report Be Honest

  • Stop playing or doing whatever you are doing.
  • Report it to a teacher, parent, coach, referee or umpire immediately.
  • Be honest about how you’re feeling or what you’ve seen.

If someone has been knocked out or seems to be getting worse, someone must phone an ambulance to get them help quickly.

See the Pocket Concussion Recognition Tool for more guidance.

Remember that your health and your life are more important than any sport or game:

  • If you hit your head before a match, you must let your sports coach know.
  • If you are playing or training and hit your head, don’t return to the game until a doctor has assessed you.
  • If you are told to stay away from sport or training for a period of time, make sure you follow the instructions.