My daughter just signed up for the girls’ baseball team at her Louisville school. I’m concerned about the ball or a bat hitting her in the head and causing a brain injury. If she does get injured, how will we know whether or not she has a concussion?

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You’re right to be concerned, but I guess we can’t protect our kids from every possible injury; they have to live. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has the following recommendations regarding concussion.

If you or the coaches observe any of the following signs, your daughter may have a concussion and should get to the doctor immediately.

  • appears dazed or stunned;
  • is confused about her assignment or position;
  • forgets an instruction;
  • is not sure of the game, score, or opponent;
  • moves clumsily;
  • answers questions slowly;
  • loses consciousness—even for a short time;
  • displays mood, behavior, or personality changes;
  • cannot recall events prior to the hit or fall; or
  • cannot recall events after hit or fall.

If your daughter complains of any of the following symptoms, she could have a concussion:

  • a headache or pressure in the head;
  • nausea or vomiting;
  • balance problems or dizziness;
  • double or blurred vision;
  • sensitivity to light;
  • sensitivity to noise;
  • feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy;
  • concentration or memory problems;
  • confusion; or
  • does not “feel right” or is “feeling down.”

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury in Kentucky, contact Gray and White Law. Call us at 502-210-8942 or toll free at 888-450-4456 to set up a FREE, no-obligation consultation.