Author: Michael O'Brien, MD

Clinical Consult: Back to school and play after a concussion

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Approximately 300,000 high school athletes are diagnosed with concussion annually, and managing their return to school and sports can present a challenge for the primary care provider. Some physicians recommend cognitive rest, while others don’t, and data supporting either approach have been scant.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a clinical report titled “Return to Learning Following a Concussion” at its annual meeting in October 2013. Designed to provide guidance to physicians caring for adolescents after concussion, the report emphasizes relative cognitive rest — minimizing digital exposure and temporarily making adjustments in studying intensity — and a gradual return to full participation in the classroom. …Read More

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