BRAIN INJURY SERVICES
CONCUSSION AWARENESS TOOLKIT

Concussion affects more than 3.8 million people each year, but many of them and more than a million others either don’t recognize the signs of a concussion or choose to ignore them. National Concussion Awareness Day is Sept. 16 and Brain Injury Services observes September as Concussion Awareness Month.

As a brain injury, a concussion should be treated with care. If you suspect a concussion, stop what you’re doing and check with a medical provider. If symptoms are severe or if you’re unsure, go to an emergency department. Not receiving the treatment you need or downplaying symptoms can result in a worsening or prolonging of symptoms. Even when the concussion is diagnosed as mild, your recovery should be your first priority. And when it’s diagnosed as severe or ongoing, Brain Injury Services has free programs and resources to help.

Concussion and kids, with Brain Injury Awareness Pediatric Case Manager Jaqueline Paz

  • While children often get over a concussion fairly quickly, there are warning signs that kids, parents & teachers should look for that may require some help.
  • Families have a right to get the school accommodations they need when a child is recovering from a concussion.
  • If concussion symptoms persist, Brain Injury Services can help. In Northern Virginia, ask your doctor for a referral or contact us for more information.
  • Talking to a child about their concussion can be challenging but essential for a full recovery.

Concussion and Sports: Brain Injury Awareness Minutes with Dr. Okonkwo, Chris Carr and Erin Mattingly

  • What’s true for the NFL athlete is true for the recreational player, too. If you suspect concussion, stop and get checked. Don’t rush back onto the field and risk losing more game time. And if you have any questions or doubts, consult your doctor or go to an emergency room.
  • An estimated 5 million people get concussions every year in America. It can happen to anyone.
  • What about kids and adults riding motorized scooters without helmets?

For additional online information: CDC.gov/HeadsUp

And as always, if you have any questions, doubts or concerns, consult a medical professional.