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Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury: Information for Families

A concussion 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.

"Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury: Information For Families" is a compilation of four brief, helpful video clips and several state and national websites.  This resource can be viewed by families while at the hospital or anyone needing to better  understand this injury and where to learn more. These videos are also captioned.

Englishhttps://youtu.be/xspCFq3MWZo   Español: https://youtu.be/wxbpHtK0byw


2021 Brain Injury Factsheet from the Brain Injury Association of America.






The handouts below are for a quick reference.  These resources are not intended as medical advice.  Contact your healthcare professional for medical questions.  For program questions, please email us at: tbi@tndisability.org.

Select 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 Under

When Concussion Symptoms Are Not Going Away: Parent Guide of Children Who are School-age

For Parents of Children Who Are Five & Under 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 English & Spanish PDF: 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

TBI in Young Children

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

Spanish Version

Adult Signs & Symptoms Tool: English and Spanish Versions

Adult Signs and Symptoms Tool

Spanish Version

Recognizing Concussion in People Who Communicate Without Words Tool:  English & Spanish Versions   

PDF link in English

Spanish Version

 Image- things to watch for over timeThings to Watch For Over Time










Mental Health & TBI   





Salud Mental y Lesiones Cerebrales






PDF link 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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