Concussion Management

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What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that can change the way the brain normally works. Concussions can occur from a fall or a blow to the head or body that causes the head and brain to quickly move back and forth. The health and wellness of students are important factors which influence 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. The model policy was updated in 2019 along with many new resources for schools and students.

Assessment Tools: The Sports Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT6) is a standardized tool for evaluating concussions designed for use by Health Care Professionals (HCPs). It can be used for individuals over 13 years of age.

  • SCAT6 May be used as baseline assessment or post-injury assessment within 3 days of injury.
  • Child SCAT6 may be used for children 8-12 years of age post-injury up to 7 days.
  • Sports Concussion Office Assessment Tool (SCOAT6) may be used for ongoing assessment after 3 days post-injury. 


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Prior to participating in a school athletic activity all students and the student’s legal parent or guardian must be informed of signs and symptoms of concussion and the school’s policy for the management of concussive and other head injuries and sign a statement acknowledging that review.

Student/Parent Acknowledgement Form 


Emily Poland, MPH RN, NCSN 
School Nurse Consultant
Coordinated School Health Team Leader