What is a concussion?
A concussion is a brain injury that happens when the brain moves rapidly around inside the skull. This movement can temporarily disrupt brain function which can cause physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms. A concussion can cause a variety of symptoms and may affect the way your student learns.
What causes a concussion?
Any force that causes the brain to move around in 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 rotate.
The types of activities that can cause a concussion include falls, collisions with people or objects, and motor vehicle collisions. This could occur during sports or recreational activities, at recess or lunch, in the school building, or on the way to and from school.
To be safe, you should suspect a concussion if a student has either hit their head or received a hit that could cause their brain to move rapidly in their head—EVEN if they don’t show any immediate signs of having one.
There is still much not known about concussions and the knowledge is continually changing. However, this website is updated on a regular basis and provides current education, tools, and resources to help support a student's return to school following a concussion.
For more information on concussions take the Concussion Awareness Course for School Professionals.