Schools in region urged to get “concussion aware”

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A brain injury specialist who helps children from in the Sheffield City Region is urging schools in the area to get involved in the “concussion aware” campaign.

Claire Hall is promoting the initiative which is being run during Action for Brain Injury Weekon May 9-15, and encourages teachers and pupils to learn more about concussion.

She is hoping schools will get involved by downloading a concussion factsheet poster for their classroom which has been specially created by The Children’s Trust.

Claire, who is based at the Sheffield branch of the Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, helps children in their recovery following a brain injury, some of whom have had a concussion and experience ongoing difficulties as a result.

She said: “The campaign is aimed at helping teachers understand the complexities of a concussion, the symptoms and possible dangers.

“Concussions in children are usually from a fall or bump to the head in the playground or can be caused during sport.

“This can cause substantial difficulties which can be long lasting.

“This is why it is essential to get the right support in place for the child.

“A child doesn’t have to experience a loss of consciousness for them to have suffered a concussion.

“Parents, children and schools should be aware of the risks, know what to look out for and what to do next.

“Hopefully our campaign will help school staff know what actions to take if they think a child has suffered a concussion.”

To download a #ConcussionAware poster factsheet for your school visit www.braininjuryhub.co.uk/concussion

The Children’s Trust is the UK’s leading charity for children suffering with a brain injury.

Visit thechildrenstrust.org.uk for more information on the charity.