The impact of concussions on children

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Parents of student athletes who suffer from a concussion may think twice before sending them back to class too soon.

It is in the parent’s best interest to be cautious.

Although kids may look “physically” normal after having a concussion, they may struggle in the classroom.

The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that children with severe symptoms stay home from school until they are cleared by the doctor.

Researchers say students can have trouble learning new Information and retaining it.

Medical experts are concerned that too much learning stimulation can overwhelm a brain that is still recovering. That can make it even more difficult for a child to get back on track.

Joining Linda Cavanaugh in the KFOR-TV studios is Dr. Craig Rabb from OU Physicians

He shows us what parents need to watch for when they suspect their child has had a concussion. Also there are important items to watch out for after their child goes home from the doctor.

Finally Dr. Rabb discusses the long term effects of concussions in children.


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