Does my student have a concussion?
Any force that causes the brain to move around inside the skull can potentially cause a concussion. This can happen by a direct hit to the head or indirectly through a hit to the body that causes the head to move back and forth or side-to-side.
You should consider the student to have a concussion if the student has had an impact that caused a sudden jerk to the neck or head—EVEN if they don’t show any immediate signs of having a concussion.
Signs and symptoms of a concussion can be delayed for several hours or even days following an incident. Following is a list of signs and symptoms consistent with a concussion.
|Thinking / Remembering||Physical||Emotional / Mood||Sleep|
Not thinking clearly
Feeling slowed down
Unable to concentrate
Unable to remember new information
Fuzzy or blurry vision
Nausea and vomiting
Sensitivity to light or noise
Feeling tired or having no energy
Easily upset or angered
Nervous or anxious
Having a hard time falling asleep
If the student is showing any of these signs and symptoms then the student should be seen by a healthcare professional immediately.
Concussion Response Tool
The Concussion Response Tool was developed to assist in the recognition and response to concussions. You can use the first two pages to guide and document your response to a concussion at the time of the incident. The third page provides important information for the parent or guardian.
The Concussion Response Tool can also serve as an important communication tool for sharing information from the scene of the incident. Note that it does not replace school incident reports that must be completed.
For more information on recognizing a concussion take the Concussion Awareness Course for School Professionals.