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AAP Offers Guidance on Returning to School After Concussion — Physician’s First Watch

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October 29, 2013

AAP Offers Guidance on Returning to School After Concussion

By Kelly Young

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers guidance for physicians on helping students return to the classroom after experiencing a concussion.

The recommendations, published in Pediatrics, include the following:

  • In the short term, students who have a concussion may need their academic workload adjusted so that the brain is not overtaxed and symptoms do not worsen. Cognitive rest could include a break from electronic devices as well.

  • Since most concussion symptoms improve within 3 weeks, academic adjustments can often be made without a formal written plan. If symptoms persist beyond that time, students could benefit from a more detailed medical assessment and a formal education strategy (such as an Americans with Disabilities Act "Section 504" plan).

  • Ideally, students would be assisted in their return to the classroom by a multidisciplinary team that includes people from the medical community, school, and family.

  • Students should be performing at their baseline academic level before they return to extracurricular activities, including sports.

Reader Comments (1)

Jeffrey L Brown MD Physician, white plains ny

Adolescents who are post-concussion and demonstrate significant cognitive impairment or delayed response time should also have driving privileges restricted consistent with their deficits.

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