What is a concussion?
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth. Even a “ding,” “getting your bell rung,” or what seems to be a mild bump or blow to the head can be serious.
Concussion symptoms differ with each person and with each injury, and may not be noticeable for hours or days. Below are resources to help you avoid head injuries and recognize common symptoms.
Concussion Prevention Resources
External Partner Resources
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): HEADS UP to Youth Sports: Online Training
Changing the Culture of Concussion Starts With You! You can improve the culture of concussion by taking this free online training and using what you learn to inform how you talk about, prevent, and respond to concussions. Your actions can help create a safe environment for young athletes so that they can stay healthy, active, and thrive – both on and off the playing field.
Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon
The Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon, Inc. is a statewide 501(c)(3), not-for-profit association dedicated to creating a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education, and advocacy.
Brain Injury Association of America
The mission of the Brain Injury Association of America is to advance brain injury prevention, research, treatment, and education and to improve the quality of life for all people affected by brain injury. The organization is dedicated to increasing access to quality health care and to raising awareness and understanding of brain injury. With a network of state affiliates, local chapters, and support groups, this is the voice of brain injury.
BrainLine is a national multimedia project offering information and resources about preventing, treating, and living with traumatic brain injury. BrainLine includes a series of webcasts, an electronic newsletter, and an extensive outreach campaign in partnership with national organizations concerned about traumatic brain injury.
Center for Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT)
CBIRT, a center under the Office of Research, Innovation and Graduate Education at the University of Oregon, conducts research and training to improve the lives of children and adults with traumatic brain injury. CBIRT's research focuses on developing interventions to improve outcomes related to education, employability, and quality of life. CBIRT training activities promote the use of best practices among educators and other professionals who serve individuals who have brain injuries.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Concussion
This site provides general information about traumatic brain injury as well as concussion/mild traumatic brain injury. It includes an online education module for coaches, leagues, and sports organizations. The CDC offers free materials that medical providers, athletes, and coaches can download or receive in the mail.
Brain 101: The Concussion Playbook
School support for concussion awareness and management for coaches, educators, parents, and athletes.