What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a brain injury that cannot be seen on routine x-rays, CT scans, or MRIs. It can cause changes in how the brain functions, leading to symptoms that can be physical, cognitive, emotional and/or related to sleep. You do NOT need to lose consciousness to have a concussion.


What causes a concussion?

Any blow to the head, face or neck or a blow to the body that transmits a force to the head may cause a concussion, e.g., a ball to the head in soccer, being checked into the boards in hockey. A concussion can occur with or without a loss of consciousness

What is a Concussion Assessment?

A concussion assessment is the process of gathering information, from the student, parents, witnesses, medical professionals, staff and others to assess the physical, cognitive or emotional state of a student, to determine the likelihood of the student having a concussion.

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