What is a concussion? 

A concussion is a blow or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Also called a mild traumatic brain injury, a concussion can result from a car crash, a sports injury, or from a seemingly innocuous fall. Concussion recovery times vary from person to person.

Most people who sustain a concussion or mild traumatic brain injury are back to normal by three months or sooner. But others have long-term problems remembering things and concentrating. Accidents can be so minor that neither doctor nor patient makes the connection. 

Signs and symptoms

Signs and symptoms of a mild brain injury, or concussion, can show up right after the injury, or they may not appear until days or even weeks afterward. 

Concussion symptoms can include:

Decreased coordination or balance
Slurred speech
Loss of memory about accident
Difficulty with memory
Slowed thinking
Change in sleep
Ringing in ears
Increased sensitivity to light or sounds
Mood changes — sad, irritable, non-motivated
Blurred vision
Ringing in ears

If your child has or may have suffered a concussion come to the clinic to be seen by the nurse.
If the injury occurs during a sporting event stop participating and be assessed by the athletic trainer at field side. It is important that the child be assessed by a professional. 
There is a concussion protocol which will be followed for every concussion to assess and meet the physical and academic needs of the child.

If you need a Concussion Care Plan and Release form for your student, please visit the tab on the left labeled Concussion Care Plan and Release under Medical Forms.