About Concussion/Brain Injury

  A concussion/mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) is an injury to the brain that is caused by an external force, such as hitting your head. It can occur during everyday activities, such as riding a bike, going on a car ride, and playing a sport, or on the playground.  The signs and symptoms of a concussion can change over time and are unique to each person. It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms to better monitor a child's recovery. Symptoms sometimes take a few days or weeks to become recognized.

Use these handouts as a quick reference.  These resources are not intended as medical advice.  Please contact your healthcare professional for medical questions.  For program questions, please email us @ tbi@tndisability.org.

Click on an image below to download your copy.  Two Unique Guides For Parents:  When Concussion Symptoms Are Not Going Away:  

Guide for Parents of Children Five and UnderFor Parents of Children Who Are Five & Under             When Concussion Symptoms Are Not Going Away: Parent Guide of Children Who are School-age For Parents of Children Who Are School-Aged

Age Specific Patient Educational Tools:  Signs, symptoms and danger signs, plus what to look for over time and where/how to seek help for symptoms that aren't going away.  

Young Child's Signs & Symptoms:  Refer to this tool to learn more about the signs and symptoms and the effects of multiple brain injuries for children under age five

Young Child Signs & Symptoms   

Older Child's Signs & Symptoms:  Refer to this tool to learn more about health problems, behavior changes, thinking difficulties, and communication changes associated with concussions, as well as when to reconsult a doctor.

Child's Signs & Symptoms Tool

Adult Signs & Symptoms Tool 

Adult Signs and Symptoms Tool


This document was developed to display children with brain injuries in Tennessee from the year 2015. It includes Tennessee specific statistics and information on the role of families, schools, and sports programs when a child is returning to learn and play.




The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has many great resources on brain injury intended for everyone. The CDC brain injury page  has information on brain injury, such as concussions and severe brain injuries, returning to school/sports, and tips on prevention. The CDC also has great handouts for students, athletes, parents, and professionals to better explain brain injuries and what should be done after one occurs.




The CDC executive summary of its report to congress describes the public health burden and systems in place that care for children with TBI. 





  Download this quick and easy "Facts About Concussion and Brain Injury" Sheet from the CDC.

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