Did you know that a student with a concussion needs to be eased back into school work, as well as onto the playing field? Had a student suggested in class that they need to refrain from learning because of a head injury, how many teachers would have thought this was just another “dog ate my homework” ploy?
Tulsa Word Sports Columnist John E. Hoover writes:
Just as important is a “return-to-learn” protocol that eases concussed young athletes back into their schoolwork. Research suggests an injured brain shouldn’t be required to perform cognitive learning functions, so school districts would be required to have guidelines in place to gradually return kids to a regular class load.
All teachers need training and information on how to identify and respond to concussions. The playing field is not the only place students may receive a head injury: Accidents can happen at home, or even in the classroom. Just think of the young adolescent who leans too far back in his chair…
Oklahoma lawmakers are once again considering concussion legislation for young athletes. Hopefully this time the Oklahoma Athletic Trainers Association and other concussion activists have gotten through to the legislators.