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Recovering from a concussion can mean sitting out sports or gym class for a while. But a concussion also can affect a student’s school performance because it’s a type of brain injury.
All injured body parts take time to heal, even brains. After a concussion, you need physical and mental rest. Doing schoolwork and being in a classroom can make the
of a concussion worse. This means the brain takes longer to heal, so you might not do as well on tests or be able to return to sports as fast as you would if you’d taken time off to rest.
These are all reasons why you’ll want to follow your doctor’s instructions about what to do — and what not to do — while you recover. If your doctor tells you to stay home and rest, do it.
Having a concussion can affect you at school in a number of ways:
All of these concussion symptoms can make it hard to do the things you need to do at school, like reading, writing, focusing, and even walking around campus.
Many teens who get concussions usually recover within 1-2 weeks, but others may take longer. But what if you have an important test or essay during that time?
Now that there’s more awareness about concussions, most teachers know about the healing process and what students need to do.
If you have a concussion and you’ve been cleared by a doctor to go to school, tell your teachers about your injury. That way they’ll understand any difficulties you might have in the classroom as you get back to your normal self. Ask your teachers to work with you to lighten your workload or reschedule tests.
Tell your teachers about any concussion symptoms you get, like headaches or dizzy spells, so they know what to be on the lookout for. You also should let the school nurse and administrators know about your concussion in case your symptoms get worse or you need to go home.
If you hit your head at school, tell a teacher or the school nurse about it even if you have no signs of a concussion. Sometimes, signs of a concussion may not appear until a few hours or even a day or two after the injury.
The main thing you want to do is avoid injuring your head again. Another head injury when you already have a concussion can lead to a condition called second-impact syndrome. Although very rare, second impact syndrome can cause lasting brain damage and even death. So you’ll want to avoid sports or rough play on the school grounds or in gym class.
To help you focus better and keep any problems under control while you’re at school, try these tips:
How can you tell if you have a concussion? What should you do? And what’s going to happen with sports and school? The facts are all on this site for teens.
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As long as people play sports, there will be concussions from time to time. Find out how to protect yourself and what to do if you get a concussion playing sports.
Alex plays high school football, track, basketball, and lacrosse. He’s had two concussions. Here, he talks about his experience and what he learned.
You practiced hard and made sure you wore protective gear, but you still got hurt. Read this article to find out how to take care of sports injuries – and how to avoid getting them.
If the brain is a central computer that controls all the functions of the body, then the nervous system is like a network that relays messages back and forth to different parts of the body. Find out how they work in this Body Basics article.
Every student finds it hard to stay on top of schoolwork sometimes. So what happens when you have to miss a lot of school? This article for teens offers tips and advice.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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