How to diagnose a concussion on the field

How to diagnose a concussion on the field

How to diagnose a concussion on the field

If you have ever played or watched American Football you’ll understand why we all love it. High adrenaline combined with being one of the best team based sports makes for an amazing experience. Taking and giving hits is a big part of the sport and makes for great pub conversations after. However, this comes with potential risk, so before our seasons begin, it’s important we talk about concussions and how to realise if one has occurred on the field and what to do.

Whilst most players generally won’t suffer from one, the risk of a concussion will always be there in any contact sport. American Football has precautions in place for this with helmets & tackling protocols, penalising players for targeting and removing repeat offenders from the game.

However, this doesn’t stop concussions from happening completely and since it can be very dangerous to keep playing whilst concussed or within a certain time period. It’s vital players, coaches and referees can quickly judge if a player is concussed before the next play is snapped.

Thanks to our friends at Gridiron strong – we have an infographic and basic information which can help YOU diagnose if a player has been concussed or even if you think you might have been.

How do I know if I’ve been concussed?¬†

How to diagnose a concussion on the field

“Signs and symptoms to look for in other players

Unlike muscle sprains/strains and fractures which can be obvious to see, TBIs are not. And so when we recognise the fencing response we should definitely not ignore the visible sign of a concussion.

Other warning signs to look out for are-

  • clutching of the head/helmet
  • unsteadiness/swaying in stance
  • blank expression
  • confusion
  • irritability
  • delay in answering
  • vomiting”

Above Content is taken from GridIron Strong

For more in-depth information on concussions please see the original GridIron Strong concussion article¬†which includes more statistics, information on the ‘fencing’ reaction and much more.


If you think a player is concussed, bring it to the attention of a referee or coach immediately.