A concussion is a brain injury caused by a blow to the head, face, neck or body that transfers force to the head. You cannot see a concussion. Signs or symptoms can appear at the time of injury, or hours or days later. You do not need to lose consciousness to have a concussion.
A concussion can have a significant impact on a student's cognitive abilities, such as performing school work, as well as physical abilities, which include participating in physical education and playing sports. Activities that require concentration can actually cause a student's concussion symptoms to reappear or worsen. It is important to help students as they return to learning in the classroom and physical activity.
A student who demonstrates signs or symptoms of a concussion while at school will be required to seek medical examination through a medical doctor or nurse practitioner. Contact will be made with parents and the proper forms will be sent home with the student.
It is important to note that a student who has a suspected or diagnosed concussion that occurs outside of school hours or school sanctioned events is still required to follow the Concussion Protocol process. Parents are asked to inform the school administration as soon as possible regarding these events.
Bluewater District School Board’s administrative procedure, AP 6814-D “Concussion Management: Return to Leave, Return to Physical Activity” is available at the following link:
Identification and proper management of concussions is important to help with recovery and avoid permanent damage, and in rare occasions, even death. Remember that if a concussion is suspected, it is critical to see a healthcare provider as soon as possible that same day.
There are many useful resources for parents/guardians when it comes to learning about the identification, treatment and prevention of concussions. Here are some recommended websites: