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Study show kids need rest after concussions

Ohio parents may be interested in a new study that shows student athletes who suffer concussions experience more academic problems than those who suffer injuries to a limb. The research supports other recent studies that show children require adequate rest to recover from brain injuries.

For the study, University of Rochester researchers compared the post-injury academic performance of high school athletes who suffered a concussion with those who suffered an injury to a limb. All the students in the study visited an emergency room within 24 hours of being hurt. The researchers found that 76 percent of students who were diagnosed with a concussion returned to school within a week. They also found that concussed students rated 16 points worse on a 174-point scale used to measure academic problems than those who suffered an injury to an extremity. However, the disparities between most students dissipated after one month.

Medical experts point out that parents are given clear guidelines on when children with broken arms or legs can safely return to class, but no such recovery guidance exists for children who suffer concussions. For now, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents use a personalized and gradual approach to their child's recovery based on the severity of their brain injury.

While most children who suffer a concussion experience a full recovery, those who suffer multiple or severe concussions could be left with a permanent disability and long-term medical expenses. The parents of a child who incurs a head injury due to the negligence of another party may want to meet with an attorney to see what civil remedies may be available to them.

Source: Medical Daily, "Concussion Recovery Takes Time; Student Athletes Might Want To Postpone Going Back To School After TBI," Justin Caba, May 19, 2016

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