What is a Concussion?

A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.

“The Arkansas Department of Education is pleased to introduce the Arkansas version of the REAP Concussion Management Program. REAP provides the most up-to- date information surrounding concussion management incorporating the latest research with current state, national, and international consensus guidelines. The REAP manual is used across the country as a guide to collaborate and coordinate care for a child who has sustained a concussion.”

Stacy Smith, Deputy Commissioner, Arkansas Department of Education

Get Schooled On Concussions (GSOC) provides return-to-learn resources FOR educators, BY educators. Since the majority of students with concussion resolve within 1 to 4 weeks, and are back to school (with symptoms) within days, GSOC feels that classroom teachers play a pivotal role in welcoming students back into the classroom, helping them to manage symptoms so they can learn and adjusting the workload immediately, within the first 4 weeks of a concussion, to promote the best chance for a smooth and seamless recovery.

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Keeping children and teens healthy and safe is always a top priority. Whether you are a parent, youth sports coach, school coach, school professional, or health care provider, this site will help you recognize, respond to, and minimize the risk of concussion or other serious brain injury.

In the Classroom After Concussion is an online course that provides helpful information, practical strategies and resources for educators working with students with brain injury. The course is designed for: Classroom teachers, special educators, school psychologists, counselors, therapists, and administrators.

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