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Concussions and Student Athletes: When is it Time to Get Back in the Academic Game?

Learning their child has sustained a head injury during a school sporting event is among every parent’s worst fears, and with recent reports about the long-term effects of concussions on professional athletes dominating the news, their fears are not unfounded.

While parents and coaches are careful about monitoring a student athlete’s return to sports, Joelle S. Rehberg, DO, an osteopathic family and sports medicine physician, cautions that parents and teachers should allow students ample time to return to their academic pursuits as well. Dr. Rehberg shared her experiences treating student athletes with concussions during the American Osteopathic Association’s (AOA) OMED 2013, the Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas.