SOURCE American Osteopathic Association
LAS VEGAS, Oct. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Learning their child has sustained a head injury during a school sporting event is among every parent's worst fears, and with recent reports about the long-term effects of concussions on professional athletes dominating the news, their fears are not unfounded.
While parents and coaches are careful about monitoring a student athlete's return to sports, Joelle S. Rehberg, DO, an osteopathic family and sports medicine physician, cautions that parents and teachers should allow students ample time to return to their academic pursuits as well. Dr. Rehberg shared her experiences treating student athletes with concussions during the American Osteopathic Association's (AOA) OMED 2013, the Osteopathic Medical Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas.
"When I see a student with a concussion, I caution that they need time to rest and let their brain heal properly," says Dr. Rehberg. "Often they are anxious about their return to the game, but I remind them and their parents that they need to set a time frame for their return to normal classroom work as well."
How Long Until a Concussed Student Can Return to School?
Dr. Rehberg stresses that it is important to remember that every student is different and some might have a longer recovery than others. Some factors to consider include:
What is the Game Plan?
"I like to remind students and their parents that they will need their brain for life and keeping it healthy is the number one concern," Dr. Rehberg concludes.
About the American Osteopathic Association
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) proudly represents its professional family of more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians (DOs) and osteopathic medical students; promotes public health; encourages scientific research; serves as the primary certifying body for DOs; is the accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools; and has federal authority to accredit hospitals and other health care facilities. More information on DOs/osteopathic medicine can be found at www.osteopathic.org.
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