From the Globe and Mail (Canada), St. Micheal’s College School has developed a return to school program from concussions. As we know return to the classroom and the school environment can be just as harmful as rushing back to sports.
“There’s a lot of focus on the return to play but not on the return to the classroom, where the kids can have a number of difficulties due to their brain injury,” said Corinne Kagan, a program director at the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation.
The classroom demands that students listen, learn and think, all of which involve brainwork. Some of the symptoms of a concussion, such as headaches, dizziness and trouble concentrating, can make this even more difficult.
What St. Michael’s has developed, Ms. Kagan said, is “a very good thing.”
I have been promoting this from the beginning here on the blog. In fact the school I work with adopted a policy that deals with this exact thing. I believe it to be the first of its kind in Illinois. Simply we educate the athlete and parents about the injury and proper management; with that the school is suggesting and allowing students to be excused for up to three days before seeing a doctor. Upon return the student will work with the guidance counselor, teachers and myself for a simple graded return to classroom activity. Since each person is different in recovery there is nothing set in stone for academics. We do have an understanding that if the student misses quizzes/tests they will not make up more than one a day until full recovery. Homework is often allowed to be turned in on a “graded return”, and classroom performance is monitored by the teacher.
This is not required of the student or parents, rather a recommendation and not every kid that gets a concussion follows our guidelines. However my limited sample size shows some serious results (based on concussions from January 2010 to present): Continue reading