Concussions in school sports can have physical, cognitive, behavioral and social consequences for students in school. Information on the signs, symptoms, assessment and management of sports concussions in student athletes, children and adolescents is essential for safety and concussion recovery. These educational products on sports concussions in school age children and adolescents are written for athletic trainers, coaches, educators, parents, school nurses, peers, and physicians.
Bonnie Nish has compiled a collection of personal experiences of recovery by survivors of mild traumatic brain injury. Imagine being a single mom about to take your children on a family vacation. Suddenly, the van door swings shut and hits you in the head. You think, "Wow!! That hurt, but it's nothing an ice pack can’t solve." A few months after this happened to Meg Stainsby, she was sitting at her family’s Thanksgiving dinner table when she suddenly recalled signing papers to sell the home she shared with her two daughters and dog in order to move into a small two-bedroom condominium.
Concussion and Mild Brain Injury: Not Just Another Headline gives clear insight into how the lives of those suffering from concussion and mild brain injury (MBI) are impacted. The individual stories of injury, recovery and discovery document the effect of the survivor's MBI on immediate and extended family members, and social and work communities.
These first-hand accounts of survivors of MBI in many facets of the community will bring tears, laughter and increased understanding, restoring hope that the ongoing challenges faced by the survivors in all walks of life can and will improve. Each story shows that MBI touches the lives of individuals from all strata of society, from the media famous to the relatively unknown.
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This Concussion (mild brain injury) Tool Kit is specially designed for educators, school nurses, peers, and families. It is filled with tools and products to help school staff and parents identify and treat symptoms of concussion at home and in school. It includes 1 manual, 1 DVD and 50 tip cards. Ideal as an educational package for inservices and peer support in school systems with vignettes featuring students discussing the effects of their concussions on cognitive, physical, social and behavioral abilities.
Read an interview on concussion with Phil Hossler.
Jennifer Callaghan writes from personal experience on sustaining severe traumatic brain injury and its aftermath. She describes in poignant detail her struggles, obstacles, and frustrations, as well as the triumphs and gains over a 16-year period.
Her story begins with a traumatic experience of being the victim of another person’s recklessness in traffic (speeding). She recounts vividly her immediate family’s capacity to cope with her trauma and debilitation, her own anger and irritability because of lost skills and abilities, and the loss of inhibitions developed from former lifestyle.
As her journey continued, Jennifer reveals her thinking, feelings, and perceptions of the world around her. Her recall of these processes is attributable to a thoughtful doctor suggesting she journal what she was happening in her life, which seemed an insurmountable task. The journaling proved to be instructional and rewarding.
Recovery from her physical wounds was all that seemed to matter back in 1977 when Sara’s legs were badly broken in car crash that upended her college graduation and shiny new career plans.
Imagine living your life with an undiagnosed brain injury. No one told Sara Lewis about the “severe concussion” noted by a doctor at the hospital. So she lived for nearly 3 decades with a brain injury she didn’t know she had. During those years, frustration over thinking problems grew. Wrong turns, misunderstandings, and defeats at work and at home led to emotional and behavioral meltdowns that are the hallmark of so many brain injuries. Public awareness was growing, but not fast enough to save Sara from ruining her career, losing friends, and becoming more and more isolated.
Even after her traumatic brain injury was diagnosed, it took another decade and another trip to graduate school to become a speech-language pathologist for her to understand its impact on her life. Acknowledging and adapting to her brain injury has finally freed her to live her life fully as a survivor of a brain injury.
Not What I Expected is also available as an eBook click here.
Concussion is a brain injury and it occurs to youths in all sports and recreational programs. The Sports Concussion Tool Kit provides athletic trainers and coaches with a comprehensive concussion program. It includes 1 poster, 2 manuals, 1 DVD and 30 tip cards on concussion in school sports. Specifically designed for middle and high schools as well as community recreation programs, it has been developed by national experts in concussion assessment and management. Because concussions can have physical, cognitive and emotional consequences that extend beyond the playing field, the Sports Concussion Tool Kit is a full educational package that covers:
This thoughtful, sensitive, and engaging pocket guide gives athletes, veterans and individuals hope and encouragement as they navigate the challenges of living with a brain injury or concussion. Designed as a pocket guide for quick reading and reference, it will give you far more than a pocketful of readings and reminders of what’s important for your recovery. LeBlanc best describes her writing as "wisdom nuggets or little soul energy packets wrapped as words."
Tell Me This will lift you up when you are feeling down. It will restore your belief in yourself. It will help others understand your triumphs and your disappointments.
Concussion is the most common type of brain injury among children and adolescents in school. By describing the student-athlete's neighborhood, this manual takes an innovative and comprehensive approach to educating parents, teachers, physicians, coaches, athletic trainers, school nurses, and peers about the effects of mild brain injury on physical abilities, cognitive skills, behaviors and social interactions. This manual provides supports and accommodations for the student athlete from the playing field to the classroom.
Read an interview with Phil Hossler on concussion in school sports.
Concussion is a brain injury and can occur in any sport or recreation activity. This concussion guide has essential information, procedures, and forms for athletic departments, educators and administrators to develop a concussion management program that will protect student athletes in all school activities.
Written by national leaders on concussion assessment and management, the authors provide a step by step approach to developing a successful and comprehensive concussion program in schools. This guide describes the roles and responsibilities of school district leaders, a concussion committee, athletic departments and coaching staff, classroom teachers, school nurses, parents and the student-athletes. It is a unique and comprehensive approach to addressing the risks and consequences of concussion among children adolescents in our schools.
Read an interview with Phil Hossler on the risks of concussion for student athletes and schools.
Safety in team sports is a priority for coaches and athletic trainers. Wanting to stay in the game, student athletes may ignore early signs and symptoms of concussion, illness or injury. While players may observe changes or warning signs in teammates, they may not report this out of loyalty to teammates. The Player’s Contract with the Team Poster is a tool for coaches and athletic staff to make student athletes aware of guidelines for their safety and well-being as well as that of their teammates.
Produced as 14” x 20” posters, they are designed for posting in locker rooms, athletic offices, and team areas. Five guidelines for safe playing are listed with instructions for players to sign their names indicating their acceptance and commitment to safety.
Read an interview with Phil Hossler on concussion in school sports.