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Youth and Concussions

A concussion is a brain injury. It affects the way a person may think and remember things and can cause a variety of symptoms and signs.

Facts about Concussions

Causes of a Concussion

Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion

Most concussions do not involve a loss of consciousness. There is no helmet available to make you "concussion-proof."

Signs and symptoms may be immediate or may take hours or days to emerge.

If you think you have a concussion, you should stop the activity immediately. Tell someone - parents, coaches, teachers, friends.

It is important that you are examined by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner as soon as possible that day.

Without identification and proper management, a concussion can result in permanent brain damage and in rare occasions, even death. Second impact syndrome is a rare condition that causes rapid and severe brain swelling and often catastrophic results. It occurs when an individual suffers a second concussion before he/she has fully recovered from the first concussion.

Guidelines for Students Recovering from a Concussion

PDF The Concussion Tool outlines the step-wise process to recover from a concussion.

A student with a diagnosed concussion needs to follow a medically supervised, individualized "Return to Learn/Return to Physical Activity Plan". A concussion is a brain injury and needs time to heal.

More Information about Concussions