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Concussion May Require a Break From The Classroom

Update Date: Oct 28, 2013 09:38 AM EDT

A team of paediatrics has come up with new and effective guidelines to battle concussion. Concussion is the most common and devastating type of head injury in which the key to recovery is physical and mental rest.

Students suffering from concussion should be treated in time and if not the disease can impact the student’s entire academic career.

The report from American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggested that children suffering from concussion should take a break from the school daily routine which even involves athletic field.

“Students appear physically normal after a concussion, so it may be difficult for teachers and administrators to understand the extent of the child’s injuries and recognize the potential need for academic adjustments,” Mark Halstead, a lead author of the clinical report said in a press release.

“But we know that children who’ve had a concussion may have trouble learning new material and remembering what they’ve learned, and returning to academics may worsen concussion symptoms.”

The researchers found that the school-going children generally took more than 21 days to recover from the concussion. They suggested that incase the symptoms are severe, students should stay at home instead going to school.

Researchers also suggested that if symptoms were mild then parents should send their child school with the proper adjustments.

“Every concussion is unique and symptoms will vary from student to student, so managing a student’s return to the classroom will require an individualized approach. 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,” Dr. Halstead concluded in the press release.

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