Sample Packet of Tip Cards on Concussions in Children and Teens

Sample Packet of Tip Cards on Concussions in Children and Teens

Phil Hossler, A.T.C., Jeanne Dise-Lewis, Ph.D., Marilyn Lash, M.S.W., Roberta DePompei, Ph.D., Ron Savage, Ed.D.

Concussions in school sports are the most common type of brain injury. Written by national experts on concussion management, this collection of 5 tip cards on concussion in children and teens covers the effects of concussion from the playing field to the classroom. Includes information on symptoms of concussion, immediate and long-term effects, returning to school, and playing sports. An 8 week post-concussion checklist helps parents, educators and athletic staff monitor recovery. Has tips on providing support and accommodations in school.

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A sports concussion is a mild brain injury. Informing school educators, athletic staff, students and parents about the signs, symptoms and effects of concussion is critical for the athlete’s safety and recovery. This information packet provides concise information and tips for parents, school and athletic staff on concussion symptoms and strategies to support the student in school and at home. It is an essential component for a comprehensive concussion management program.

The Concussion Packet includes 5 tip cards titled:

  • Concussion in Children - When your child has a concussion
  • Sports Concussion - From the playing field to the classroom
  • Concussion Recovery - In students
  • Concussion Education - In the student-athlete's neighborhood
  • Back to School - After a mild brain injury or concussion
Pages 5 tip cards, 8 pages each
Year 2012


Phil Hossler, MS, ATC

He is the certified athletic trainer at East Brunswick High School in East Brunswick, New Jersey and has authored 3 texts for high school athletic trainers, parents and athletes. Most recent was a book written in 2006 specifically for the high school athlete and those in the “neighborhood” who would care for a concussed student-athlete titled, Getting A-Head of Concussion: Educating the student athlete’s neighborhood. He also wrote the “First Aid and Sports Safety Policies” chapter in the four editions of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance textbook, Principles of Safety in Physical Education and Sport. Mr. Hossler has had 30 articles published in various professional, coaching and teaching magazines. He has written for, been featured in or been interviewed for over 85 magazine, newspaper, radio and television outlets on topics related to high school athletic health. Phil Hossler is a member of four halls of fame, including the New Jersey Athletic Trainers’ Society, New Jersey Interscholastic Coaches Association, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. He co-authored the 1984 New Jersey state law for athletic trainers and was responsible for the landmark 1999 New Jersey endorsement from the New Jersey State Department of Education recognizing high school athletic trainers as educators.

Jeanne Dise-Lewis, Ph.D.

Dr. Dise-Lewis is a child clinical psychologist and Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center. She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Learning and Development from the University of Pennsylvania and Doctoral degree in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver.

Dr. Dise-Lewis is the head of the psychology programs in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at The Children’s Hospital, Denver where she has worked since 1990 developing and carrying out many innovative programs of education and service for children who have had acquired brain injuries and their families.

Marilyn Lash, M.S.W.

Ms Lash uses her social work experience and research in pediatric rehabilitation to develop sensitive and practical guides for families, educators, and professionals. Her specialty is helping families cope with the emotional impact of brain injury and developing strategies for negotiating the complex service system. Now President of Lash and Associates Publishing/Training, she focuses on developing user friendly publications for families, educators, and clinicians.

Ron Savage, Ed.D.

Dr. Savage specializes in the impact of brain injury on behavior and learning in children and adolescents. His international recognition as author and presenter is based on practical experience as a rehabilitation clinician, educator and school administrator. He is a national leader in developing model programs and has given special attention to recognizing the effects of concussion among children, the consequences of brain injury upon behavior, and designing educational programs for students with brain injuries in the community.

Roberta DePompei, Ph.D.

Dr. DePompei is Department Chairman, Professor and Clinical Supervisor at the Speech and Hearing Center at the University of Akron in Ohio. An advocate of the needs of youths with brain injuries and their families, she is on numerous national task forces and committees. Widely published and a national and international presenter, Dr. DePompei specializes in the impact of brain injury upon speech, language and communication. She is especially interested in developing transitional opportunities for youth as they progress through school and prepare for adulthood.


Concussion in Children Tip Card

This tip card helps parents, coaches, child care workers, and school staff...

  • recognize signs and consequences
  • measure severity of a concussion
  • return the child to play safely
  • help the student in school

Table of Contents

What Should You Watch For?
  • Early signs of concussion
  • Late signs of concussion
Measuring the Severity of a Concussion

When can I Play Again?

Returning to School after a Concussion

Tips for parents

Better Safe Than Sorry

Post-Concussion Check List for Children
  • Physical changes
  • Thinking and learning changes
  • Behavior changes

Sports Concussion Tip Card

This tip card helps coaches, athletic trainers, parents and school personnel…

  • Recognize concussion symptoms
  • Monitor concussion symptoms and recovery
  • Manage concussion supports and services in school

Table of Contents

What is a Concussion?

  • Tips on warning signs during sports or practice…

Early and Late Signs of a Concussion

Rest the Brain

Monitoring a Concussion

  • Tips for monitoring changes in school…

Notifying the Concussed Student’s Teachers

  • Tips for educators to help the student recover…



Concussion Recovery in Students Tip Card

This tip card helps parents and school and athletic staff...

  • monitor symptoms
  • support students in school
  • recognize cognitive challenges

Table of Contents

Monitor Changes

  • Changes in behavior and energy
  • Changes in thinking
  • Changes at school

Recovering from a Concussion

  • Keep your child's head out of traffic for awhile!

Tips for protecting your child from further injury…

  • Avoid any alcohol or drugs
  • Rest and take time off

Tips for helping your child rest…

Supporting Students in School

  • Meet and share information

Tips for convening a school team meeting…

  • Temporary accommodations

Tips for teachers on short term accommodations…


Concussion Education in the Student-Athlete's Neighborhood Tip Card

This tip card helps...

  • physicians examine and treat athletes
  • parents understand changes at home
  • friends be aware of concussion symptoms
  • educators make classroom adjustments
  • school nurses oversee school programs
  • coaches recognize and refer
  • athletic trainers assess and monitor

Table of Contents

Who is in the Neighborhood?

Signs and Symptoms of Concussion

When Can I Return to Play?

Physicians in the Neighborhood

Parents in the Neighborhood

Tips for caring for your child in the first 24 - 48 hours…

Friends in the Neighborhood

Check any changes you might notice in your friend...

Teachers in the Neighborhood

School tips for helping the student...

School Nurses in the Neighborhood

Tips for school nurses…

Coaches in the Neighborhood

Tips for coaches…

Athletic Trainers in the Neighborhood

Tips for athletic trainers…



Back to School after a Mild Brain Injury or Concussion Tip Card

This tip card helps parents and educators...

  • help the student in the classroom
  • describe changes that occur in school
  • know when extra help is needed at school

Table of Contents

Back to School

  • Changes seen at home and in school
  • Changes to watch for
  • Warning signs from school
  • Tips for helping the student

Coordinating communication

  • Tips for communicating


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