(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- A concussion often takes student athletes off the playing field, but one study says it may also require kids to take a break from the classroom. A report from the American Academy of Pediatrics released Sunday says that many students may appear normal after a concussion and have varying symptoms, causing teachers to be unaware of their learning needs.
Dr. Mark Halstead of Washington University in St. Louis, lead author on the Academy's new guidelines, says recovering students may suffer difficulties with bright lights or noise, have trouble focusing and concentrating, all of which can have a significant effect on their performance in a classroom.
"Some kids may need to have some adjustments made as far as the amount of work that they're given," Halstead says. "Some kids may need rest breaks, like going to the nurse's office for a little bit if their symptoms increase."
Easing up on homework may also help in recovery, he explains. Research shows that a student usually recovers from a concussion within three weeks. Those with severe or prolonged symptoms may require more academic adjustments.
The AAP offers recommendations, including a collaborative team approach, to help injured children.
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