A little back-to-school info for concussed kids

Just found A School Administrator’s Guide to Academic Concussion Management

Check it out. Information like this is very  important. Because kids who get concussed — who have TBIs — need to be understood, not “disciplined” or punished because “they’re not trying hard enough”.

Heaven knows. I’ve been there. It’s no fun – for anyone.

A little knowledge can go a long way to making things better. For everyone.

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Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

4 thoughts on “A little back-to-school info for concussed kids”

  1. This concussion information at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is quite good. It looks to be Athletic Trainer oriented. It has one serious weakness. It depends on Computerized NeuroCognitive Testing (CNT) including Baseline testing.

    CNT’s value has been over-emphasized. It is great as a tool to convince the athlete, parent, coach and trainer that the athlete needs to be removed from play. It has marginal value at determining when it is safe for the athlete to return to play. It shows that obvious cognitive function has returned but it has no value at determining when the athletes brain has recovered enough to tolerate another head impact.

    They also have an extreme standard for what a concussion is. They do not mention that any time the athlete has a momentary sense of confusion or feeling of being dinged, the athlete has suffered a concussion and should sit out the rest of the game.

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  2. That’s a great summary of the “benefit” of CNT — it’s for the parents and coaches and trainers, as a diagnostic tool to get the athlete out of danger. In some ways it seems like it’s “just the start of the conversation” about concussion, rather than a definitive diagnostic tool.

    Yeah, that standard is a little worrying – how many of us have gotten hurt and gone under the radar because it was “just” a bump on the head…

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  3. It makes me sad to think of all the children through the years have been called lazy or told they needed to work harder when they were trying very hard and had hidden reasons(that people are learning more about) for their struggles.

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  4. It is sad. And it’s no fun, as I can tell you from personal experience. But we live and we learn – everyone has their tough times, but I’m hoping more understanding of concussion might spare some kids some of the pain that others have experienced before.

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