Concussion Management Information

  • Information regarding the Concussion Management Awareness Act can be found at the following address:


    Highland Central School District's Board Policy for Concussion Management can be found here: CT SHEET FORh School Parents

    This sheet has information to help protect your teens from concussion or other serious brain injury.
    What Is a Concussion?
    A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI—
    caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the
    body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back
    and forth. This fast movement can cause the brain to bounce
    around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the
    brain and sometimes stretching and damaging the brain cells.
    How Can I Help Keep
    My Teens Safe?
    Sports are a great way for teens to stay healthy and can help
    them do well in school. To help lower your teens’ chances of
    getting a concussion or other serious brain injury, you should:
    Help create a culture of safety for the team.
    o Work with their coach to teach ways to lower the chances of getting a concussion. o Emphasize the importance of reporting concussions and
    taking time to recover from one.
    o Ensure that they follow their coach’s rules for safety and
    the rules of the sport.
    o Tell your teens that you expect them to practice good
    sportsmanship at all times.
    When appropriate for the sport or activity, teach your
    teens that they must wear a helmet to lower the chances
    of the most serious types of brain or head injury. There
    is no “concussion-proof” helmet. Even with a helmet, it is
    important for teens to avoid hits to the head.
    How Can I Spot a
    Possible Concussion?
    Teens who show or report one or more of the signs and
    symptoms listed below—or simply say they just “don’t feel
    right” after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body—may
    have a concussion or other serious brain injury.
    Signs Observed by Parents
    Appears dazed or stunned
    Forgets an instruction, is confused about an assignment or
    position, or is unsure of the game, score, or opponent
    Moves clumsily
    Answers questions slowly
    Loses consciousness (even briefly)
    Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes
    Can’t recall events prior to or after a hit or fall
    Symptoms Reported by Teens
    Headache or “pressure” in head
    Nausea or vomiting
    Balance problems or dizziness, or double or blurry vision
    Bothered by light or noise
    Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy
    Confusion, or concentration or memory problems
    Just not “feeling right,” or “feeling down”
    Talk with your teens about concussion. Tell them to report their concussion
    symptoms to you and their coach right away. Some teens think concussions aren’t serious
    or worry that if they report a concussion they will lose their position on the team or look
    weak. Remind them that
    it’s better to miss one game than the whole season.

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