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Every parent of a young athlete is cheering the recent California law that says your child must be removed from play if a concussion or head injury is suspected. Before returning to any physical activity, written clearance by a licensed health care provider is now required. 

But how do you know where and when to go for help? It’s not always clear that anything more than rest is needed. If you think a concussion or brain injury could be a possibility -- or you’re just not sure -- please seek immediate care at the nearest emergency room or urgent care facility. For evaluation and treatment, or if symptoms persist, find a neurologist near you. 

Symptoms requiring urgent attention might include:

  • A headache that doesn’t go away or gets worse
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea
  • Slurred speech or trouble remembering
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Increasing confusion or restlessness
  • Loss of consciousness or convulsions

For more information on symptoms and what they might mean, click here.