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Return to School after Concussion.

It is important that the parents let school officials and nurses know that their child has been concussed.

Experts convened at the international concussion in sport meetings agreed that the scholastic demands regularly place on school-age children are cause for concern during concussion recovery.

Sample School Accommodations for Concussed Athletes:

There are several modifications that might be made to ease the transition back to school including a gradual return, reduced workload and adequate rest/breaks. Temporary accommodations may be needed to allow for ‘cognitive rest.’ While it is possible that some students could use this as an excuse for reducing expectations, the Advisory Council believes it is better to err on the side of caution. Ongoing monitoring and communication with school personnel should reduce risks to the athlete. The Centers for Disease Control’s document Acute Concussion Evaluation (ACE) Care Plan and a growing number of scientific papers can be consulted for suggested accommodations to facilitate return to school.

The NH State Advisory Council on Sport-Related Concussion recommends systematic involvement of school personnel such as nurse, counselor, and/or psychologist to advocate for and support appropriate accommodations for athletes who have suffered a concussion. A multidisciplinary approach to concussion management may help ensure that physical, cognitive and social aspects are managed appropriately.

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