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.
Student Athlete/Parent Acknowledgement Form (RTF, 55KB). Maine's Concussion Workgroup created this document for students and parents to sign-off on their responsibility to report head injuries.
Training for Parents
The following resources are from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- A Bump on the Head for Younger Children. In this podcast for kids, the CDC Kidtastics talk about concussions, including how serious they are, symptoms, what to do if you think you have one and tips for preventing them.
- Facts About Concussion. This podcast provides the essential facts about concussions and describes symptoms, danger signs and ways to recover and heal after a concussion.
- Frequently Asked Questions About Baseline Testing Among Young Athletes. This list of frequently asked questions may help you, your school or your league prepare for concussions both pre- and post-season.
- Heads Up on Concussion. Search by sport to learn about related concussions.
- Informational Podcast. This podcast is a radio interview with CDC's Dr. Julie Gilchrist on the “Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports" toolkit, which was developed to provide information to coaches, parents and athletes involved in youth sports on preventing, recognizing and responding to a concussion.
- Concussion in Youth Sports Training. The CDC provides this free, online, 30-minute course available to coaches, parents and others helping to keep athletes safe from concussion.
- Keeping Quiet Can Keep You Out of the Game: A Mother’s Story. A short video offering a mother's perspective on concussions.
- Signs & Symptoms of a Concussion. Symptoms of concussion usually fall into four categories: thinking/remembering, physical, emotional/mood and sleep.
The following resources are from the CDC unless otherwise noted.
- Concussion Prevention & Control. Learn what you can do to prevent concussions.
- Fact Sheet for Athletes. Student athletes may use this resource to learn more about identifying their own concussions. | Read in Spanish
- Fact Sheet for Parents. Four steps to take if you suspect your child has suffered a concussion. | Read in Spanish
- Gradual Return to Activity. This section covers how to gradually increase activity at home, school and work after a concussion.
- Heads Up: Know Your Concussion ABCs. Learn the ABCs of concussions: A-Assess the situation
B-Be alert for signs and symptoms and C-Contact a health care professional. This page offers multiple resources related to students returning to school after a concussion.
- Protect the Ones You Love from Sports Injuries. Prevention tips for parents and guardians.
- School/Academic Expectations. Graduated return to academics, developed by William Heinz, MD, of Maine.
- Taking Care After a Concussion. This podcast describes how to take care of a person after a concussion, including proper recognition and response recommendations.
- When to Seek Medical Attention. A clear guide describing concussion symptoms and when to call the doctor.