Concussions are a type of brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. The sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging cells.

Physical symptoms include, but are not limited to, headache, nausea, light and noise sensitivity, fatigue, dizziness, blurred vision, vomiting, changes in emotional state, and a possible reduction in concentration. Concussions may impact school performance such as short-term memory, concentration, organizational skills, and completing assignments and tests.

It is critical to your child’s long term health that they are evaluated by a professional health care provider for any suspicion of a concussion. The health care provider can diagnose a concussion and develop the best plan for recovery.  A physician’s note and plan for recovery (accommodations) is required and must be submitted to the nurse's office for students returning to school following a head injury. The plan must include prescribed accommodations for your student during the school day, by a licensed health care provider.

Parents in grades 7 thru 12 should also notify and work with their child’s guidance counselor to ensure academic accommodations such as class time, project timelines, and testing are considered in the recovery plan.

Students who want to join in School Sports in Middletown are required to undergo ImPact testing prior to participation in athletic programs. ImPact testing provides a baseline assessment of the student’s balance and cognitive brain function. The baseline assessment may be used to compare with future assessments performed due to suspicion of a brain injury while participating in athletic programs. 

To learn more about Concussions click here to visit the CDC “Heads Up” website.