• CONCUSSIONS and SCHOOL

    What is a concussion? Per the CDC, "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 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. Concussions can have a more serious effect on a young, developing brain and need to be addressed correctly."

    What are the signs and symptoms of a concussion? "You can’t see a concussion. Signs and symptoms of concussion can show up right after an injury or may not appear or be noticed until hours or days after the injury. It is important to watch for changes in how your child or teen is acting or feeling, if symptoms are getting worse, or if your child just “doesn’t feel right.” Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness. If your child or teen reports one or more of the symptoms of concussion listed below, or if you notice the signs yourself, seek medical attention right away. Children and teens are among those at greatest risk for concussion." CDC

     

    What should I do if my child or teen has a concussion?

    • Seek medical attention right away
      • A healthcare professional will evaluation how serious the concussion is and when it is safe for your child or teen to return to normal activities, including physical activity and school (concentration and learning activities)
    • Help your child take time to get better 
      • Your child should mostly rest for the first few days after the injury when symptos are more severe.  Ask your child's doctor for written instructions to help with recovery and let the doctor know if concussion symptoms do not go away or if they get worse after your child returns to regular activities.
    • Offer support
      • Be sure to offer support during your child's recovery, and allow him or her to stay connect with friends and others.
    • Notify your school nurse
      • Your school nurse will will work with your student's counselor and teachers to determine the kind of support yorur child or teen may need when they return to school.  Children and teens who return to school after a concussion may need: 
        • Rest breaks as needed
        • Spend rewer hours at school
        • Be given more time to take tests or complete assignments
        • Receive help with schoolwork 
        • Reduce time spent reading, writing, or on the computer.
    • Notify your student's sport coach - High School Coach and coach outside of school 
      • It is important that your child sit out of sports until they are cleared by their doctor.  Returning to sports too early increases the risk of re injury.   
      • Scientific studies show that "Athletes with a history of concussion may have more severe subsequent concussions and may take longer to recover. Preliminary evidence suggests that, in addition to the number of concussions an individual has
      • sustained, the time interval between concussions may be an important factor in the risk for and the severity of subsequent concussions."
    • Notify the Athletic Trainer - if currently involved in high school sports
      • 206-393-6183

    Resources:

    CDC: A Fact Sheet for Parents (CDC HEADS UP)

    CDC: Hoja Informativa Para Los Padres (CDC HEADS UP)

    CDC HEADS UP to Parents Website