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How Concussions Impact Students’ Ability to Learn

Written by Ankin Law Office

Despite the increased knowledge and warnings about the serious impact of concussions, many experts indicate that there is a “culture of resistance” when it comes to reporting concussions and following treatment instructions. As dedicated accident and injury lawyers, we here at Ankin Law Office, LLC hope that this “culture of resistance” fades soon as the mounting evidence becomes increasingly more difficult to ignore.

For instance, a new report from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council warns that students who return to play before their brains are fully healed from a concussion run the risk of a second brain injury with potentially “more severe consequences.” Most notably, the committee recommended that a student’s concussion treatment plan include both physical and mental rest, though there isn’t enough research to provide a standard recommendation on the level or duration of rest needed.

The committee called on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to establish a national surveillance system in order to accurately determine the incidence of sports-related concussions.

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, the report showed that concussion rates are higher among high-school athletes than college athletes, and are the highest for football and ice hockey. Among males, lacrosse, wrestling, and soccer are also “consistently associated with the highest rates of concussions.” Among females, the highest concussion rates included soccer, lacrosse, and basketball.

Additionally, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics says that many students may appear normal after a concussion and have varying symptoms, causing teachers to be unaware of their need for mental recovery. According to the AAP, sports-related concussions are a commonly underreported injury. Research shows that a school-age child usually recovers from a concussion within three weeks. If symptoms are severe, some students may need to stay home from school after a concussion. If symptoms or mild or tolerable, parents may consider sending the child back to school with some adjustments.

Contact a Chicago Head Injury Lawyer

Head injuries, including concussions, have been linked to a number of lifelong medical problems, including depression, fatigue, and sleep problems. A person who suffers a concussion is up to four times more likely to sustain a second concussion, according to neurologists, and athletes are especially susceptible to subsequent concussions. Secondary impact syndrome (SIS) can result in massive swelling of the brain and, in some cases, may lead to a loss of blood flow to the brain, which can place the athletes at an increased risk for learning difficulties and other neuropsychological difficulties. Moreover, research shows that a traumatic brain injury can also increase the risk of stroke.

The Chicago head injury attorneys at Ankin Law Offices, LLC focus on representing the victims of head injuries, including children who have suffered a sports-related head injury.  If your child has suffered a sports-related head injury, such as a concussion, do not hesitate to contact one of our skilled Chicago head injury attorneys at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation.

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