CONCUSSION/TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY

  • What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

    A Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI, is an injury that is caused by a blow or jolt to the head, penetrating head injury, or by being violently shaken enough to disrupt the function of the brain are all under the umbrella of a brain injury. A TBI can change how a person acts, moves, communicates and thinks. An Acquired Brain Injury, or ABI, includes harm caused by pressure to the brain from inside the body such as the result of heart attacks, strokes, illness and near drowning. The Blue Valley School District serves the student with both types of brain injuries. If your child reports any symptoms of traumatic brain injury, seek medical attention right away and contact your building nurse as a follow-up.

     

    Symptoms

    • Headaches
    • "Pressure in head"
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Neck pain
    • Balance problems or dizziness
    • Blurred, double or fuzzy vision
    • Sensitivity to light or noise
    • Feeling sluggish or slowed down
    • Feeling foggy or groggy
    • Drowsiness
    • Change in sleep patterns
    • Amnesia
    • "Don't feel right"
    • Fatigue or low energy
    • Sadness
    • Nervousness or anxiety
    • Irritability
    • More emotional
    • Confusion
    • Concentration or memory problems
      (forgetting game plays)
    • Repeating the same question/comment

     

    What to do

    Let the school know what the diagnosis and recommendations from the healthcare provider are for returning to the school learning environment. Any restrictions in the classroom or athletic play should be shared. The best transitions after an injury include collaboration among medical staff, school staff and families. Blue Valley Schools are committed to education beyond expectations for each child; there are school counselors, school psychologists, school nurses, administrators and teachers knowledgeable about TBI. Additionally, the district has a TBI mini-team of specially trained educators available to consult with school teams when necessary.

     

    Learn More

    Brain 101
    Kansas Sports Concussion Partnership
    BrainLine Kids
    CDC
    KSHSAA Concussion Guidelines
    District Head Injury Guidelines
    Blue Valley TBI Team​​​​​