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Concussion Information for Schools

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that results from a bump, blow, or jolt to the head (or by a hit to the body) that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, stretching and damaging the brain cells and creating chemical changes in the brain. Although one concussion is seldom life-threatening, the effects can still be quite serious.

If you would like to schedule a free concussion training or presentation for your group, please contact Steve Nedbalek at (405) 271-3430 or email SteveN@health.ok.gov

A concussion can happen to anyone - not just to an athlete on the playing field. A student can trip in the hallway, fall on the playground, or be in a car wreck over the weekend, then come to school while experiencing concussion symptoms.

Learn the Signs and Symptoms of Concussion

Heads Up! Concussion Information for Schools - Know Your Concussion ABCs

A - Assess the situation
B - Be alert for signs and symptoms
C - Contact a health care professional

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with medical and education professionals, developed Heads Up to Schools: Know Your Concussion ABCs. The Heads Up materials include posters, fact sheets, a concussion checklist, and quick reference card on recognizing and responding appropriately. There is also information for teachers and other school personnel to help a child manage physical activities and education challenges following a concussion. Many of the Heads Up materials are available in English and Spanish.

Oklahoma Law about Sports-related Head Injury

Effective November 1, 2016, the Oklahoma State Legislature required that all school districts and youth sports organizations or associations develop policies and procedures to inform and educate coaches, game officials, team officials, athletes, and their parents or guardians of the nature and risk of concussion and head injury. In addition, players who are suspected of sustaining a concussion shall be removed from play and may not participate until the athlete is evaluated and cleared by a licensed health care professional. (70 O.S. § 24-155).

Training and Other Resources

Publications from the Injury Prevention Service

Contact Us

Injury Prevention Service
Oklahoma State Department of Health
1000 NE 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
(405) 271-3430

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