A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.
Concussions Are Serious
Medical providers may describe a concussion as a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, the effects of a concussion can be serious.
Signs of a Concussion
- Dizziness or confusion
- Feeling sick (Nausea/Vomiting)
- Coordination or balance problems
- Blurred Vision
- Speech problems
- Trouble thinking or remembering
According to the District’s Concussion policy, if a student has a head injury (in or out of school) in which an MD diagnosed a concussion, a concussion protocol has to be implemented. Please see the following document for information about the protocol and criteria for Return to Learn (RTL) and Return to Play (RTP).
Please inform the nurse of any head injury that may occur so we may implement the protocol during this time of healing.