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

* difficulty thinking clearly
* difficulty concentrating or remembering
* feeling more slowed down
* feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy

PHYSICAL

* headache or "pressure" in head
* nausea or vomiting
* balance problems or dizziness
* fatigue or feeling tired
* blurry or double vision
* sensitivity to light or noise
* numbness or tingling
* does not "feel right"

EMOTIONAL

* irritable
* sad
* more emotional than usual
* nervous

SLEEP

* drowsy
* sleeps 
less than usual
* sleeps 
more than usual
* has trouble falling asleep