Heads Up At School: Concussion Safety
When most parents send their children off to school in the morning, they are doing so with the expectation that their children will be safe. No parent ever wants to receive a phone call from their child’s school saying their son or daughter has suffered a concussion or other head injury.
Reality is, children do face a serious risk of concussion every day while they are playing on the playground, participating in gym class or organized sports, or doing other day-to-day school activities. Concussions can have a dramatic impact on a student’s learning abilities, above and beyond the potential physical and emotional repercussions.
Teachers, coaches and school staff can minimize children’s risk of concussion and other injuries by recognizing and addressing concussion risks, identifying signs and symptoms of head injuries, and responding accordingly.
On The Playground
Your child may face the risk of head injury if he or she falls off the playground equipment, slips or trips and falls while running across the blacktop, or falls from a tree or other significant height. Roughhousing, fights and aggressive play can also result in your child sustaining serious head trauma.
Studies have reported that the occurrence of concussions in school-age athletes is higher than in older athletes. The unique, increased susceptibility of the high school student athlete can be related to a number of factors which include: the immaturity of the adolescents’ central nervous system, the lack of recognition that a concussion had occurred, and the reliance upon subjectivity associated with self-reporting of symptoms.
How Can A Concussion Affect My Child At School?
All injured body parts take time to heal, even brains. After a concussion, children will need physical and mental rest. Doing schoolwork and being in a classroom can make the symptoms of a concussion worse. The brain, like any other part of the body, takes time to heal
Having a concussion can affect students at school in a number of ways:
They might be more tired than usual.
They may feel irritable, sad, or emotional.
They might have trouble concentrating, thinking, or making decisions.
They could have dizzy spells or headaches.
They might have difficulty with your coordination and balance.
They may have trouble learning new concepts or remembering what you’ve learned.
Many teens who get concussions usually recover within 1-2 weeks, but others may take longer.
What Do I Need To Know About My Student Returning To School After A Concussion?
Supporting a student recovering from a concussion requires a collaborative approach among school professionals, health care providers, and parents, as they may need accommodations during recovery.
Services and accommodations for students may include speech-language therapy, environmental adaptations, curriculum modifications, and behavioral strategies. Students may need to limit activities while they are recovering from a concussion. Exercising or activities that involve a lot of concentration, such as studying, working on the computer, or playing video games, may cause concussion symptoms (such as headache or tiredness) to reappear or get worse.
How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help
Oftentimes, it is due to someone else’s negligence that children suffer from traumatic brain injuries. Taking legal action against the person or company responsible for your child’s TBI will not change what has happened and cannot cure your or your loved one’s condition. It may however bring relief to some of the struggles you are facing. Securing compensation can help lessen some of the financial burden.
Contact us today to arrange a consultation with one of our experienced and knowledgeable Texas brain injury attorneys to learn more about your legal options. Our consultations are free and we only receive a fee for our services if we secure damages on your behalf.
A Carlson team member is available to speak with you 24/7. We care, we can help.
- Written by Jill Fowler