Concussion Management

What is a concussion?

A concussion is a type of brain injury that changes the way the brain normally works. A concussion is caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head. Concussions can also occur from a blow to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. Even what seems to be a mild bump to the head can be serious. Concussions can have a more serious effect on a developing brain and need to be addressed correctly.

Sign and symptoms


  • Headache or “pressure” in head
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Balance problems or dizziness
  • Fatigue or feeling tired
  • Blurry or double vision
  • Sound or noise sensitivity
  • Neck pain


  • Irritable
  • Sad
  • Nervous
  • More emotional than usual


  • Difficulty thinking clearly
  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering
  • Feeling more slowed down
  • Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy


  • Drowsy
  • Sleeps less than usual
  • Sleeps more than usual
  • Trouble falling asleep

Policies and Procedures for Concussion

For instructions and all policies related to concussions, please visit the protocols for each department below:

Medical Resources:

  • Optum Student Health Services – located at 578 Huntington Ave 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02215 – telephone 617-879-5220
  • Beth Israel Emergency Room – located at 190 Pilgrim Rd, Boston, MA 02215 – telephone 617-754-2400
  • Massachusetts General Hospital Sports Concussion Clinic – located at 55 Fruit St, Boston, MA 02114 – telephone 617-724-9722

Informational resources: