(HealthDay News) – In a clinical report published online Oct. 28 in Pediatrics, guidance is provided to better understand the issues related to returning to learning after a concussion. The guidelines were published to coincide with presentation at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), held from Oct. 26–29 in Orlando, FL.
Mark E. Halstead, MD, from the AAP Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and the Council on School Health, and colleagues discuss issues related to a successful and safe return to learning after concussion.
The researchers note that multiple signs and symptoms of concussion may affect students and that a thorough understanding of these issues will help the pediatrician make appropriate recommendations. As most symptoms resolve within about three weeks, adjustments can usually be made within the classroom setting without a formal written plan. Students with prolonged symptoms may benefit from a more detailed assessment. A team approach involving the medical, school, and family teams is recommended to assist the student in returning to school; education is recommended for all individuals involved with students who sustain concussion. Before returning to sports, students should be performing at their academic baseline.
“The goal is to minimize disruptions to the student’s life and return the student to school as soon as possible, and as symptoms improve, to increase the student’s social, mental, and physical activities,” Halstead said in a statement.