About Concussions

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. 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. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, stretching and damaging brain cells and creating chemical changes in the brain. Doctors may describe a concussion as a “mild” brain injury because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, their effects can be serious.

Impact on Health

Recovery from brain injury may be measured in weeks, months, and years, and is known to slow with the passage of time.


Brain injury can – and likely will – impact every relationship held by a person who has sustained a brain injury or the family members and caretakers.

All Schools – All Concussions Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to aid school administrators, athletic directors, school nurses, coaches and others with a comprehensive Return-To-Learn and Return-To-Play concussion management plan. Because each individual school situation is unique, different parts of the plan can be adapted to the school but the basic concepts of an overall plan will be the same. If you have any questions or concerns about this toolkit please email us at:

All you need to know and more about concussions BIAVT brochure:

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