About Concussions

A concussion is commonly known as a mild Traumatic Brain Injury that can result in a temporary or lasting disruption of normal brain function. A concussion is the result of a blow to the head or body that causes the brain to be violently rocked back and forth or twisted inside the skull. Concussion symptoms can last from a few days to several months. In some cases, they may never go away. Concussions symptoms can interfere with school, work, and social life.

What Are Some of the Indicators of Concussion?

While concussions can have many different symptoms, some people may experience only a few. It’s important to understand that every concussion is different. If you believe your student might have a concussion, you should consult a physician immediately. In the meantime, here are some things to look for:

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Balance problems
  • Disorientation
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty remembering
  • Confusion
  • Behavior or personality changes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sleep problems
  • Fatigue
  • Vision changes
  • Hearing changes
  • Decreased attention
  • Increased irritability
  • Feeling sluggish or foggy

For more information about services available to students, families and educators in Central Oregon, visit the following HDESD website pages:

Concussion & TBI resources for students & families

Concussion & TBI resources for educators

For general information on concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury, visit the Center on Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT) website.