Struggling with Academics

In an article published in the Daily Pennsylvanian author Calder Silcox explored the difficulties of returning to the daily grind of an Ivy League football player after his 5th concussion.  Colin Donnelly explains;

“Doing work was hard,” he said. “I would get headaches when I would focus, when I would read. Class was pretty much the same thing.”

Colin added that in the weeks after his concussion, he had trouble recalling what he’d just read or heard in class. At the advice of his doctors, he avoided school for an entire week, watching as the work piled up.

“My short term memory was just foggy until I recovered,” he said.

Concussion/head trauma recovery is all based upon giving the brain some much-needed rest.  Something as simple as reading, watching TV, or trying to concentrate on auditory stimulation can cause the brain to react negatively.

The impact of this issue is more prevalent with the youth, those that are still in school, trying to concentrate on work, social life and just being a kid.  Parents, teachers and mentors should be aware of this and seek out people who can help those understand the nature of this beast.

Academic Accommodations

In the most recent Journal of Athletic Training, Neal McGrath was published about the accommodations that may need to be made for concussed students.  This topic is one that is commonly overlooked by those that care for the student-athlete that has a concussion.  The every day tasks of walking in a hallway at a high school can be very difficult.

Below are the accommodations that were suggested, if you jump to the article you will see the rationale for each.

  • Excused Absence
  • Rest Periods During Day
  • Extension of Assignments
  • Postponement or Staggering of Tests
  • Excuse from Specific Tests
  • Extended Testing Time
  • Accommodations to Sensitivity to Noise/Light
  • Excuse from PE/Sports
  • Avoid other Physical Exertion
  • Use of Reader for Tests/Assignments
  • Use of Note Taker/Scribe
  • Use of Smaller/Quieter Testing Room
  • Preferential Classroom Seating
  • Use of Tutor