Ellsworth Elementary Middle School

Concussion

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 to move rapidly back and forth.  Even what seems to be a mild bump to the head can be serious.  Be alert for any of the following signs and symptoms.
 
 SIGNS OBSERVED BY SCHOOL PROFESSIONALS
* appears dazed or stunned
* is confused about events
* answers questions slowly
* repeats questions
* can't recall events prior to hit, bump, or fall
* can't recall events after hit, bump, or fall
* loses consciousness (even briefly)
* shows behavior or personality changes
* forgets class schedule or assignments
 
SYMPTOMS REPORTED BY THE STUDENT
 
 
THINKING/REMEMBERING                      PHYSICAL                                  EMOTIONAL
* difficulty thinking clearly                  * headache or "pressure" in head         * irritable
* difficulty concentrating or                 * nausea or vomiting                           * sad
   remembering                                  * balance problems or dizziness          * more emotional than usual
* feeling more slowed down                * fatigue or feeling tired                      * nervous
* feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy,            * blurry or double vision
  or groggy                                         * sensitivity to light or noise                      SLEEP
                                                        * numbness or tingling                       * drowsy
                                                        * does not "feel right"                        * sleeps less than usual 
                                                                                                               * sleeps more than usual
                                                                                                               * has trouble falling asleep