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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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Select an image below to download your copy. Two Unique Guides For Parents: When Concussion Symptoms Are Not Going Away:
|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.
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.
Adult Signs & Symptoms Tool: English and Spanish Versions
Recognizing Concussion in People Who Communicate Without Words Tool: English & Spanish Versions
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.
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Brain Links is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under Grant No. 90TBSG0024-01-00 and in part by the TN Department of Health, Traumatic Brain Injury Program.