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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

Gerald Grant, MDPlay

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:

  • CrashCourse Interactive Video (12 min.)—Shares the latest medical knowledge about concussion prevention and education. Course Completion Certification available for athletes, parents, and coaches.
  • Brain Fly-Through (8 min.)—Takes youth and parents inside a 3-D representation of a real brain to help them understand the complexity and vulnerability of an otherwise invisible injury.
  • Symptom Story Wall (Winter 2020)—An interactive database showcasing more than 600 video narratives from those impacted by concussions. Includes cause of injury, description of symptoms, and helpful recovery tips coupled with expert advice from medical professionals.
  • Multi-Sport Production (Winter 2021)—In collaboration with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s National Governing Bodies, TeachAids will be producing an additional Multi-Sport production to educate athletes, parents, coaches, and the sports community.

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Bryce Love and teammatesPlay

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

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Brain Fly-Through

Women holding brain modelPlay

An immersive production that uses state-of-the-art technology from Stanford University’s Neurosurgical Simulation and Virtual Reality Center to conceptualize an otherwise “invisible injury.” In the production, world mountain biking champion Kate Courtney takes the viewer on a journey through the human brain. Using dramatic race footage coupled with her own personal concussion experience, this fly-through emphasizes the importance of reporting one’s head injury immediately.

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