The Four "Baskets" of Concussion Symptoms

Dr. Robert Cantu explains the four "baskets" of concussion symptoms parents should know about: emotional, cognitive, sleep, and physical.

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[Dr. Robert Cantu] Parents need to know what concussion symptoms are. That they fall in four different baskets. That there are emotional symptoms like being more anxious, like flying off the handle more easily. That there are cognitive symptoms like difficulty with school work, difficulty remembering, difficulty learning. It's like the brain is working more slowly. There are sleep symptoms, like sleeping more than usual, which is usually what you have right after a concussion, and then later on it may be sleeping less than usual or trouble falling asleep. And then by far and away the greatest basket of symptoms are what we call physical symptoms or somatic symptoms such as headache, lightheadedness, dizziness, sensitivity to light, sensitivity to noise, those kinds of things.
Posted on BrainLine August 30, 2013.

Produced by Noel Gunther and Erica Queen, BrainLine.

About the author: Robert Cantu, MD

Robert Cantu, MD is chief of Neurosurgery Service, chairman Department of Surgery, and director of Sports Medicine, Emerson Hospital; clinical professor, Department of Neurosurgery, and co-director, Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, Boston University School of Medicine.

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