What educators need to know about concussions

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What educators need to know about concussions

It can happen in an instant, from something as simple as a fall or a collision in a recreational setting, to a more significant event such as an automobile crash. These events can cause a concussion, a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that results when a bump, blow or jolt to the head causes the brain to move back and forth.

Many people report “seeing stars” after such a blow, and may find in the coming hours they have increased dizziness, headache or a sense of feeling tired and wanting to sleep. Recovery times vary, from days to weeks to even years.

Over the years, the rate of TBI-related emergency room visits has increased, particularly among youth and children. Experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that from 2001-2010, the highest increase were for children age 4 and under — a rate that was almost double the next-highest rate for youth ages 15-24 years old.

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