A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) that occurs from a direct blow or bump to the head. It can also result from a blow to another part of the body when the force travels to the head. A concussion can affect coordination, learning, memory, and emotions.
Students can utilize the Health and Counseling Center for medical care after a concussion. The Coordinator for Early Alert & Special Projects, Gina Loschiavo, provides additional support to ensure that students remain successful in their academic and co-curricular endeavors post-concussion.
Like any other injury, a brain injury should be given time to heal. Concussion management includes both physical and cognitive rest, otherwise the concussed student is at the risk of exacerbating symptoms and prolonging recovery or even causing permanent injury. The majority of injuries will recover spontaneously in several days. The following guidelines for academic and co-curricular participation are suggested until full recovery:
If symptoms persist beyond 7 days post-concussion, students are encouraged to follow up with their medical provider.