While some individuals who have had a concussion may be able to
attend school without increasing their symptoms, the majority
will probably need some modifications depending on the nature of
the symptoms. The student, coach, athletic trainer and teacher
may need to work on a "trial and error" basis to discover what
the student can and cannot do.
Return-to-class guidelines include:
- The parent should notify the school of the students'
concussion when it occurs.
- The parent may request "Academic Accommodation" or a modified
school schedule in accordance to physician recommendations.
- When a student athlete returns to school after a concussion,
they should check-in with the school nurse as well as with the
- If the student is unable to attend school for an entire day
without symptoms, they might try a half-day. Some students may
only be able to attend for one period, some not at all, due to
severe headaches or other symptoms.
- The student may require frequent breaks with rest periods in
the nurse's office. Many students benefit from alternating a
class with a rest period.
- Students often complain of more symptoms during Math class
than any other class.
- Depending on their symptoms, some students may need to be
driven to school to avoid walking and should be given elevator
passes to avoid stairs. They should not attend gym or exercise
- The student may benefit from reduced homework loads and
frequent breaks during homework. If possible, the teacher should
postpone term papers. The school should consider offering the
student with pre-printed class notes and tutors to relieve the
pressure of schoolwork.
- If the student is suffering with concentration and/or memory
problems, tests, quizzes, PSAT and SAT tests and final exams
should be delayed or postponed. Extra time or untimed tests may
be necessary initially when the student resumes taking tests.
- As the recovery process occurs, the student can gradually
attend more class and begin to gradually resume athletics
following their physician's guidelines.