Impact of a Concussion on Student Performance and School Re-entry

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Impactof a Concussion on Student Performance and School Re-entry

Impactof a Concussion on Student Performance and School Re-entry

Aconcussion can be described as the shortly timed loss of mentalutility that happens after an injury or shock on the head. It is thecommonly experienced brain trauma but the least type of brain injury.Concussion symptom can include: Consciousness loss, especially afterthe head, is hit, periods of loss of memories, disturbed vision whichmay include blurred vision, and being expressionless, delaying inanswering questions, and a period of feeling confused(KPKinteractive, 2013). Some effects of brain concussion are similar,and others different, for students` performance at both elementaryand college levels.


Bothstudents in elementary and college show the same effect of academicdegradation from the post-concussion symptoms, which includeheadaches, fatigue, slowed processing, and speed as they could notconcentrate on such effects. Also, both the elementary and collegestudents who sustain a concussion have rigid rules that govern theirreturn to play as compared to their return to school.


Elementarystudents, unlike the college students, are more likely to complain ofphysical challenges or misbehave while responding to fatigue,cognitive overload or other symptoms that may occur (Margot, 2011).The effects of concussion in academic are easily seen in elementaryschool students since they may not be as responsive as collegestudents who after their academic drop they may try harder to uptheir grades so much so that it can be mistaken for a sense ofself-drive. According to Institute of Medicine (IOM) and NationalResearch Council (NRC), 2014), college students who have not yetrecovered report significantly more adverse effects on academics thantheir younger elementary counterparts who due to the rapid growth ofcells and regeneration recover faster.

Aconcussion is an injury that is invisible. Due to its invisibility,changes that may occur in a student’s learning, thinking, andbehavior are attributed to other causes. Therefore, students insports should not be allowed to go back to sports until they getwell, to avoid another concussion.


Instituteof Medicine (IOM) &amp National Research Council (NRC). (2014).Sports-related concussionsin youth: Improving the science, changing the culture.Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

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