Concussions are not uncommon among young people who participate in contact sports. According to guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, a concussion should not only take a student athlete off the playing field; it may also require a break from the classroom.
Research has shown that a school-aged student usually recovers from a concussion within three weeks. If symptoms are severe, some students may need to stay home from school after a concussion. If symptoms are mild or tolerable, the parent may consider allowing the child to return to school, perhaps with some adjustments. Students with severe or prolonged symptoms lasting more than three weeks may require more formalized academic accommodations.
The AAP recommends a collaborative team approach to help a student recovering from a concussion. This team should consist of the child or adolescent’s pediatrician, family members and individuals at the child’s school or athletic club responsible for the student’s academic schedule and physical activity.
Find detailed guidance on returning to sports and physical activities in the 2010 AAP clinical report, “Sport-Related Concussion in Children and Adolescents,” at pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/126/3/597.full.
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