Post-Concussion-Syndrome

Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) is a term used to describe a set of symptoms that a person may experience for weeks, months, or even years after a concussion is sustained.35 The condition can cause lasting physical effects such as frequent or long-lasting headaches. It can lead to psychological, behavioral, and/or cognitive effects. Psychological effects include irritability, anxiety, changes in personality and depression. Other emotional and behavioral symptoms can include restlessness, aggression, mood swings, impulsiveness and difficulty controlling one’s own anger.35-36 Cognitive deficits can also linger and can affect a child in the classroom. Because of the disruption in brain function, athletes may experience academic difficulties due to deficits with simple processes including concentration, working memory, immediate memory, recall, and rapid visual processing. Processing speed can be impaired as can the speed of fine motor skills. An athlete’s attention span might also be altered.37