Kids playing soccer.Families & Students

The health and wellness of students have always been important factors influencing learner achievement. The Maine Department of Education--in conjunction with families, educators, healthcare providers and coaches--is committed to helping students prevent, manage and recover from concussions.

School districts in Maine are required to inform parents about the district concussion policy and protocols for managing concussive and other head injuries in the school setting. Educational opportunities and forms for parents and athletes to review and sign before participation in school activities and athletics are based on the examples below.

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head that can change the way your brain normally works. Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth.

Healthcare professionals may describe a concussion as a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, their effects can be serious.


Training for Parents

The following resources are from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

National Resources

The following resources are from the CDC unless otherwise noted.