A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury. Any blow to the head, face, neck or body that causes the head to move rapidly may cause a concussion. Children and adolescents are among those at greatest risk for concussin, especially during recess on the playground, physical education classes or sports at school. Research shows that a concussion can have a significant impact on a child's development - congnitively, physically, emotionally and socially.
To help ensure the safety and well-being of students and subsequently support effective learning, all publicly-funded school boards in Ontario are required to have a policy on concussion. The purpose of the policy is to support school staff, students and their families with information on how to minimize the risk of concussion, steps to follow if a concussion is suspected, and management procedures to guide students' return to learning and physical activity for a diagnosed concussion.
To learn more about concussions and school board policies within Hastings and Prince Edward counties, visit these websites: