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Concussion Symptoms

Expert Treatment

If someone is suffering from any of these symptoms, please call the Heads Up Concussion Clinic at 805-696-7909.

Signs Observed by Parents or Guardians:

  • Appears dazed or stunned 
  • Is confused about assignment or position
  • Forgets an instruction
  • Is unsure of game, score, or opponent 
  • Moves clumsily
  • Answers questions slowly
  • Loses consciousness (even briefly)
  • Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes
  • Can’t recall events prior to hit or fall
  • Can’t recall events after hit or fall

Symptoms Reported by Athlete

  • Headache or “pressure” in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Double or blurry vision
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
  • Concentration or memory problems
  • Confusion
  • Just not “feeling right” or is “feeling down”

Symptoms in Young Children

Young children can have the same symptoms of a concussion as older children and adults. But sometimes it can be hard to tell if a small child has a concussion. Young children may also have symptoms like:

  • Crying more than usual
  • Headache that does not go away
  • Changes in the way they play or act
  • Changes in the way they nurse, eat, or sleep
  • Being upset easily or having more temper tantrums
  • A sad mood
  • Lack of interest in their usual activities or favorite toys
  • Loss of new skills, such as toilet training
  • Loss of balance and trouble walking
  • Not being able to pay attention

Concussion Clinic Locations

Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Medical Office Building

5333 Hollister Ave.
Goleta, CA 93111
805-696-7909

Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital

2050 Viborg Rd.
Solvang, CA 93463
805-696-7909

Safe Kids California

Concussion Clinic Safe Kids logoSanta Barbara Cottage Hospital is proud to be the lead agency of Safe Kids California Santa Barbara County. Safe Kids California Santa Barbara County Partners is a broad-based representative group of agencies and community members working to prevent unintentional childhood injuries in their community.

Continued Care

Cottage Health Santa Barbara Neuroscience Institute

If needed, the Santa Barbara Neuroscience Institute at Cottage Health is available for the continuum of care.