More than 60,000 high school athletes suffer concussions each year. If your kid takes a knock to the head, look out for these signs, which new research from the Ohio State University College of Medicine shows are different for boys and girls.

By Christine Mattheis

Concussion Symptoms in Girls

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Unsteadiness

Concussion Symptoms in Boys

  • Feeling sluggish or in a fog
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory problems

Your doctor should help you decide how long to keep your kid off the field following a concussion. Another injury while the first is still healing could lead to lasting brain damage.

Originally published in the April 17, 2011, issue of Family Circle magazine.

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