Issue Brief: Sports Related Traumatic Brain Injury and Return-to-Learn Provisions

The Network for Public Health Law – posted on Thu, May 7 2015 4:13 pm by Kerri McGowan Lowrey, Eastern Region

Sports-related concussion, a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI), has received much attention over the past few years. The potential impact on child and adolescent health is significant and nationwide, because so many young people participate in youth and school sports in the United States. The effects of concussion not only impact the injured child’s ability to compete in athletics, but also their ability to perform academically and to participate in classroom activities. Symptoms following a concussion often include difficulty concentrating or remembering material, fatigue, depression, and increased sensitivity to light and noise, all of which make returning to school difficult for injured students.

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