Est. time: 28 min
A mild brain injury, often called a concussion, is the most common brain injury, especially in athletics. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that there are over 300,000 concussions in the United States each year. Although the majority of concussions have no lingering effects, some concussions result in persistent long-term and even devastating disabilities. Parents, teachers, school nurses and coaches see children and youth with concussions every day. Every concussion is a brain injury and, as such, needs evaluation, adaptations in routine and time to heal. Written by Michael Livovich, in this tutorial, you will understand the definition of a concussion, including signs and symptoms; responses to suspected head injuries; suggested/mandated responsibilities of schools regarding developing procedures and training of staff regarding brain injuries; and appropriate support strategies for schools for the education of students with brain injuries.