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Concussion Awareness

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by a fall, bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. Concussions can also be caused by shaking, spinning, or a sudden stopping and starting of the head. Even a "ding" or "getting your bell rung" or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious. A concussion can happen even if you haven't been knocked unconscious.
 
You can't see a concussion. Signs and symptoms of concussions can show up right after the injury or may not be apparent it be noticed until days or weeks after the injury. If a student reports any symptoms of a concussion, or if you notice symptoms yourself, seek medical attention right away. A student who may have had a concussion should not return to play on the day of the injury and until a health care professional says they are cleared to return to play.
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Common Signs of a concussion may include:
  • headache
  • pressure in the head
  • nausea/vomiting
  • dizziness
  • balance problems
  • double vision
  • sluggish
  • grogginess
  • poor concentration
  • memory problems
  • confusion
 
If you suspect a concussion 
  1. SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION RIGHT AWAY
  2. KEEP YOUR STUDENT OUT OF PLAY
  3. TELL THE SCHOOL ABOUT ANY PREVIOUS CONCUSSION
Remember, concussions affect people differently. While most students with a concussion recover quickly and fully, some will have symptoms that last for days, or even weeks. A more serious concussion can last for months or longer.
To learn more, please visit www.cdc.gov/concussion.