Concussion / Head Injury

Head Injury

If a head injury is suspected, please observe for the possibility of a more serious head injury for the next 24 hours.  Encourage rest and quiet activities. Some signs or symptoms, you as a parent, should be alert for are:

  • Sleepiness/Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Paleness
  • Unequal Pupils
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Increasing pain
  • Weakness
  • Any abnormal behavior

If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, please call your family doctor as soon as possible.

Concussion

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury—or TBI— caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. This fast movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging the brain cells.  VCS will work individually with each student and medical provider regarding return to learn and return to play protocols for students diagnosed with a concussion.

Link to the Indiana Department of Education website with resource materials:

https://www.doe.in.gov/student-services/health/concussion-and-sudden-cardiac-arrest