You might think that concussions are primarily sports-related injuries in young people, but the reality is that these mild traumatic brain injuries can occur from any kind of fall or blunt impact of the head that a child can experience – including playground injuries and bicycle accidents. Possible symptoms of a concussion in a younger person include nausea and vomiting, vision problems, headache, irritability, a ringing sound in the ears, memory loss, “seeing stars,” walking problems, loss of balance, fatigue and loss of consciousness. Our physicians can perform thorough neurological testing and diagnostic imaging to determine whether a concussion is present - and if so, how serious it may be. Understanding the potentially debilitating and long-term impacts that concussions can have, it’s important to seek professional evaluation right away when a child has suffered head trauma. In most cases, concussion sufferers can return to play within one to three weeks if they have been cleared by their medical provider.