Recovering from a concussion can mean being sidelined during sports. It can also affect a student’s school performance because it’s a type of brain injury.
All injured body parts take time to heal, even brains. After a concussion, your child needs physical and mental rest. Doing schoolwork and being in a classroom can make the symptoms of a concussion worse. This means the brain takes longer to heal, so a child might not do as well on tests or be able to return to sports as fast as he or she would like.
These are all reasons why you’ll want your child to follow your doctor’s instructions about what to do — and what not to do — while they recover. If your child’s treatment is to stay home and rest, do it. Having a concussion can affect a child at school in a number of ways:
All of these concussion symptoms can make it hard to do the things you need to do at school, like reading, writing, focusing, and even walking around campus.
Many teens who get concussions usually recover within 1-2 weeks, but others may take longer. But what if you have an important test or essay during that time?
Explaining the injury to teachers
Most teachers know about the healing process and will understand a student’s treatment plan. If your young athlete is diagnosed with a concussion and has been cleared by a doctor to go to school, tell the teachers about the injury. That way they’ll understand any difficulties your child might have in the classroom. Sometimes we recommend that the student has a light workload or reschedule tests.
Remind your student to tell his or her teacher if they experience any concussion symptoms at school, like headaches or dizzy spells. You also should let the school nurse and administrators know about your concussion in case your symptoms get worse or your child needs to go home.
The main thing is to avoid another head injury. Another head injury when you already have a concussion can lead to a condition called second-impact syndrome. Although very rare, second impact syndrome can cause lasting brain damage and even death. So you’ll want to avoid sports or rough play on the school grounds or in gym class.
To help your student focus better and keep any problems under control while at school, try these tips:
HCA Midwest Health is the official healthcare provider for Heartland Soccer Association and we work with parents and coaches to keep athletes safe and on the field of play year round, learn more about our services at www.hcamidwest.com