Bridgetown Middle School

Concussion Support

School Nurses are not  able to diagnose a concussion but can report the signs and symptoms that the student is experiencing to the parent.  Please consult your physician for any questions or if you are concerned that your child may have a concussion. A concussion is a type of brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur from a fall or blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Even what seems to be a mild bump to the head can be serious. There is no one single indicator for concussion. Rather, recognizing a concussion requires a symptom assessment. The signs and symptoms of concussion can take time to appear and can become more noticeable during concentration and learning activities in the classroom. For this reason, it is important to watch for changes in how the student is acting or feeling, if symptoms become worse, or if the student just “doesn't feel right.”

Remember, you can’t see a concussion and some students may not experience or report symptoms until hours or days after the injury. Most young people with a concussion will recover quickly and fully. But for some, concussion signs and symptoms can last for days, weeks, or longer.

Please consult your physician for any questions or if you are concerned that your child may have a concussion.

**If your child has recently suffered a concussion please inform the School Nurse and the School Psychologist to facilitate a back to school plan.

For additional information including a list of signs and symptoms, please view the CDC Guide for Parents http://www.cdc.gov/headsup/pdfs/schools/tbi_factsheets_parents-508-a.pdf