Why do concussions matter?

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. Recognizing when one happens, knowing how to respond, and appropriately supporting a student’s return to school can make a difference to their recovery and help prevent re-injury.

Recovery from a concussion spans the home and school setting. It starts immediately following the incident causing the concussion and ends when the student has gradually returned to normal activities including academics and physical activities. Most concussions resolve within a few days or weeks, however, some concussion symptoms can last for months and have the potential to cause long-term academic and social difficulties for the student.

A concussion can have a significant impact on a student’s physical, cognitive and emotional functioning and therefore can affect the way a student learns. Every student’s recovery is unique. An individualized process which monitors a student’s symptoms and addresses issues such as workload, breaks, assessment and emotional adjustment works best. The school's involvement in the student’s return to learn following a concussion is key.

For more information on a student’s return to learn following a concussion take the Concussion Awareness Course for School Professionals.

A concussion can have a significant impact on a student’s physical, cognitive and emotional functioning