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Concussions May Result in School Problems

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Jarod Cassidy2 years ago

According to CNN, a new study published in the journal Pediatrics suggests a concussion may affect a child’s school performance, depending on the severity of the concussion and the child’s grade level.

About the Concussion Study

A research team made up of researchers from the Children’s National Health System, George Washington University School of Medicine and Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University reviewed the academic information of 349 students between the ages of 5 and 18 to determine what effects head trauma had on their academic performance.

The students were divided into two categories: those who had made a full recovery and those who continued to experience problems following their injury. The students and their parents were then asked to fill out questionnaires concerning their academic performance.

The study suggested a direct correlation between the severity of the concussion symptoms a student was experiencing and the degree of academic difficulties the student experienced.

Further, children that were in high school reported having the most difficulty following a concussion.

About Concussions

Concussions are brain injuries that occur when a fall, collision, or other impact causes the brain and had to move back and forth rapidly. Depending on the severity and age of the person who suffered the concussion, symptoms can persist for days or even weeks.

Common symptoms of concussion include:

  • Distorted vision
  • Problems balancing
  • Sensitivity to light and/or noise
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Lethargy
  • Irritability 


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