Management of sport-related concussion involves a step-by-step process say three recently issued concussion guidelines:
NYS Athletic Trainers’ Association Focused on Academic Adjustments following a Concussion during the 2013 NYS School Board Association Convention
For the second consecutive year, the New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association (NYSATA)hosted an educational exhibit booth at the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) conference in Rochester, NY. In addition, NYSATA was part of the general conference program, with two representatives co-presenting on the ‘return to learning, including academic adjustments, following a concussion’ for attendees.
The Academy of Pediatrics issues a position statement on “Returning to Learning Following a Concussion”.
Following a concussion, it is common for children and adolescents to experience difficulties in the school setting. Cognitive difficulties, such as learning new tasks or remembering previously learned material, may pose challenges in the classroom. This report serves to provide a better understanding of possible factors that may contribute to difficulties in a school environment following a concussion and serves as a framework for the medical home, the educational home, and the family home to guide the student to a successful and safe return to learning.
The impact of a concussion can stretch far beyond the sports field. If not treated and managed correctly, patients can suffer debilitating, long-term effects.
That’s why Delaware health, sports and school officials are advancing a uniform action plan for documenting, managing and caring for young athletes who get a concussion while playing a sport.
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.