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Concussion Resources

Concussion diagnosis and treatment guidelines

A concussion happens when a blow or jolt to the head or body causes the soft tissue of the brain to knock against the skull’s surface. Concussions can make it hard to focus, balance, sleep and more. Athletes aren’t the only one who get concussions. A hard knock on the head or body during any activity can give anyone a concussion. Read our guide to learn how to understand the signs and symptoms of a concussion, when to seek emergency medical care, and how to treat a concussion at home. We have also developed guidelines for returning to learning and play after a concussion.

Crashcourse: Concussion education reimagined for today’s generation

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, one in five high school athletes will experience a concussion. Children and parents need to know the facts about how to play sports as safely as possible in order to help avoid permanent damage from head injuries.

To help address this issue, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford has collaborated with TeachAids — a pioneer in developing innovative, research-based health education technologies — to develop a novel concussion education program called CrashCourse. This collaboration is supported by the Taube Stanford Concussion Collaborative.

Introducing CrashCourse

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In this video, you’ll hear from Gerald Grant, MD, division chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford; Piya Sorcar, PhD, founder and CEO of TeachAids; Steve Young, Super Bowl MVP and NFL Hall of Fame member; and David Shaw, Bradford M. Freeman Director of Football at Stanford University.

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CrashCourse is a series of free interactive educational products that aims to raise awareness of the latest science around concussions and shift the conversation from fear and silence toward knowledge and empowerment. The CrashCourse curriculum, released both online and in virtual reality, will include:

  • A short interactive film, which shares the latest medical knowledge about concussion prevention and treatment
  • A symptom simulator, which helps youth and parents recognize concussion signs and symptoms, empathize with those who have experienced similar injuries, and share their own personal experiences
  • A brain fly-through, which takes youth and parents inside a 3-D representation of a real brain to help them better understand its complexity and vulnerability
  • Training secrets of sports heroes, which feature high-profile athletes sharing exclusive perspectives and insights from their personal experiences

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This CrashCourse film features top Stanford athletes like all-American running back Bryce Love and his teammates.

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Seed funding for CrashCourse has been provided by the Taube Stanford Concussion Collaborative.