We’ve assembled a collection of tools and resources to support pediatricians helping children, youth and families who have sustained a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), also known as concussion, on their road to recovery.

Concussion Overview

A concussion is a type of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBIcaused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth. This sudden movement can cause the brain to move or twist in the skull, creating chemical changes in the brain and sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells.  

Concussions are functional injuries that impact a child or youth’s mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.  

With an estimated 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries occurring annually, many of them concussions, the need for specific recommendations and support is necessary for returning children to school, learning, activities and play safely.

AAP Recommendations

The AAP provides recommendations and guidelines to support pediatricians and other health care professionals working with children, youth and families following a concussion. 

Returning to Learning Following a Concussion  
Sport-Related Concussion in Children and Adolescents 

Additional Literature: 
Establishing Consensus for Essential Elements in Returning to Learn Following a Concussion


Professional Tools & Resources

The following resources are designed to help you address concussion management.

Resources for Families

The following HealthChildren.org articles can help families identify potential concussions symptoms and provide helpful guidance for return to school, learning, and play.

Resources for Schools

Find helpful tools for teachers and related service providers from the Get Schooled on Concussions website on how to manage concussions in the classroom. 

Podcasts and Voices Blogs

Learn what others are saying. Listen to our podcasts and read our blog posts.

Head and Shoulders Above 20th Century Practices

Two decades ago, concussions were often brushed off as minor injuries, not requiring medical attention or care. Fast forward 20 years and we see so much was learned in the field through cutting edge research and then translated into practical information for children and families. 

Voices Blog


August 24, 2023

​New Guidelines for Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries Help Families Understand Recovery Process

Find resources on the latest clinical recommendations on mild traumatic brain injuries designed to reassure patients and families and help them understand the recovery process.

Voices Blog


November 16, 2018

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American Academy of Pediatrics