What is a concussion?
The term mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) is used interchangeably with the term concussion. A mild TBI or concussion is a disruption in the function of the brain as a result of a forceful blow to the head, either direct or indirect. This disturbance of brain function is typically not detected with a normal CT scan or MRI. A concussion results in a set of physical, cognitive emotional and/or sleep-related symptoms and often does not involve a loss of consciousness. Duration of symptoms is highly variable and may last from several minutes to days, weeks, months, or even longer in some cases.
A complete evaluation is important to determine the effects of the concussion and to develop an appropriate treatment plan. This will also be an important tool in deciding when the child is ready to return to normal activities including school, social activities and sports.
Frequently Asked Questions
How common are concussions in children?
What Children’s National Hospital offers
What are the signs and symptoms of a concussion in children?
Recognizing a possible concussion in a child
Why is early intervention important for concussions in children?
How is a concussion in a child managed?
Important facts about concussions in children
Providers Who Treat Concussion
Angela Ayers Fletcher, PsyD
Gerard Anthony Gioia, PhD
Departments that Treat Concussion
Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
From sprains and strains to complex congenital conditions, Children's National Hospital offers one of the most experienced pediatric orthopaedic practices in the nation, with experience in treating all areas from head to toe.
Safe Concussion Outcome Recovery & Education (SCORE) Program
The Concussion Program at Children's National Hospital evaluates, monitors and manages the care of children and adolescents with concussions (known as mild traumatic brain injury).
Children's National Hospital has some of the world's foremost experts in care for children with complex neurodevelopmental disorders affecting the brain and central nervous system.