Concussions Factsheet (for Schools)enparents teachers should know about concussions and the healing process.concussion, concussions, head, skull, brain, brains, baseline, CD1Concussions, CD1Sports Medicine12/13/201311/27/201911/27/2019Mary L. Gavin, MD06/01/201884febda7-e95f-4017-8387-09c8afc29e21<h3>What Teachers Should Know</h3> <p>A concussion (a temporary loss of brain function) can happen with any head injury. Concussions are common, and they don't only happen to athletes on playing fields. Any student could take a spill, knock his or her head, and get a concussion in a hallway, on a playground, or in the cafeteria.</p> <p>Most concussions happen without loss of consciousness. And while most students with a concussion recover quickly and fully, some signs and symptoms of concussions can last for days, weeks, or longer. Recognizing concussions and taking the right steps toward healing can help prevent lasting symptoms or further serious injury.</p> <p>Signs of concussion include:</p> <ul> <li>confusion, dizziness, or lightheadedness</li> <li>clumsiness or loss of balance</li> <li>memory loss</li> <li>trouble concentrating</li> <li>irritability and other mood or personality changes</li> <li>headache</li> <li>nausea or vomiting</li> <li>loss of consciousness</li> <li>blurred or double vision</li> <li>sensitivity to light and noise</li> </ul> <p>Students with a concussion may:</p> <ul> <li>miss class time until they're cleared by a doctor</li> <li>need to avoid physical education classes, sports, or other physical activities</li> <li>need to avoid activities that require concentration, such as quizzes or tests</li> <li>need extra time for instruction</li> <li>need rest breaks</li> <li>need more time to complete homework assignments or take tests</li> <li>need to wear sunglasses due to light sensitivity</li> <li>benefit from having a <a href="">504 education plan</a></li> </ul> <h3>What Teachers Can Do</h3> <p>Encourage student-athletes to get concussion baseline testing at the beginning of the school year or sports season. Baseline tests help doctors assess effects of the injury and healing after a concussion.</p> <p>If you suspect a student had a possible concussion during the school day, send him or her to the school nurse right away. If the symptoms are severe (such as seizures or a period of unconsciousness) or the student's symptoms appear to be getting worse, get medical help immediately.</p> <p>Recovery time depends on how long the symptoms last. Treatment is usually physical and cognitive rest. Healthy kids and teens can usually return to their normal activities within a few weeks, but each case is different. A doctor should monitor the student to make sure everything's OK.</p> <p>In the meantime, understand your student's restrictions about avoiding bright lights, loud noises, high activity levels, and tasks that require a lot of concentration.</p> <p>When symptoms end and students are cleared by a doctor, they can begin a supervised, gradual return to normal schoolwork, athletics, and other activities.</p>
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