Thursday, May 16, 2013

You really need to know...

Brain Injury…aka concussion

 What is a concussion?
"A concussion is a brain injury that temporarily alters brain functions. It usually is the result of a direct blow to the head, but it also can be the result of a blow elsewhere on the body that has sufficient force to affect the head. Most young people are not knocked out during a head injury, and many do not experience any memory loss. Often, a concussion does not show up on an MRI or CT scan." (

Most of you probably associate a concussion with a contact sport. We all hear about concussions in professional football - even in high school sports. But you do not have to be playing a sport to sustain a concussion.
Another little known fact is that concussions in children and teens are MORE SERIOUS than in an adult as their brains are still developing and are more fragile.

What do our educators know about concussions in teenagers???

I'm sure that our educators are very complacent with their concussion knowledge. Schools have policies that require a baseline ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) test. This is ONLY an aid. It is not a cure. It is not a solution. THIS DOES NOT INSURE THAT YOUR CHILD WILL RECEIVE THE HELP HE NEEDS.
I have found that teachers, coaches, trainers, and school administrators have NO CLUE about BRAIN INJURIES.  And furthermore, even with the technology available to us today, parents are having to educate the educators. Schools NEED to have workshops for TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, and PARENTS. The school nurse is often the ONLY person who knows about concussions and as most of you know, she is not the one who is in daily contact with your child.  She has no influence on what is done in the classroom. The TEACHERS and ADMINISTRATORS need to be informed and trained because those are the people who dictate what is being done in the classroom to help a student with concussion symptoms.

More later.

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