WHAT IS A CONCUSSION?
A concussion is a type of brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur from a fall or blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Even what seems to be a mild bump to the head can be serious.
Children and adolescents are among those at greatest risk for concussion. The potential for a concussion is greatest during activities where collisions can occur.
- All concussions are serious.
- Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness.
- Recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death.
HOW CAN I RECOGNIZE A CONCUSSION?
- Any kind of forceful blow to the head or to the body that results in the head moving back and forth.
- Any change in the student’s behavior, thinking, or physical functioning.
Any injury to the head needs to be evaluated by a physician.
For more information on concussions, and signs and symptoms of concussions, view this concussion fact sheet.
Please visit the CDC website to view these concussion videos.
Concussions: Parent Fact Sheet (English)
Conmoción: Informativa para los Padres