How will my body react to being concussed?

After a blow to the head (or landing on your head when falling off!) any feeling of being dazed or confused could indicate concussion.  Dizziness, loss of balance, memory loss, difficulty concentrating are also symptoms of concussion, as are clumsiness & slurred speech.  Some people complain of visual disturbances – like seeing stars or lights.

Some of these could be a real issue if you are planning on getting back on a horse – having good balance is pretty useful if you are jumping!

The good news is that a period of rest – proper rest of both body & brain – will usually allow the symptoms to go away and a return to activity.