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Academic Impacts of Concussions for Students at Issue in House of Representatives
Date:5/20/2010

ities -- like school work -- to allow the brain time to heal and prevent long-term damage.”

Sometimes, the cognitive demands of school while the brain is in an impaired state can increase post-concussion symptoms. It is likely that if the brain continues to over-exert in this way during recovery, the length of recovery time will be delayed.

Dr. Gioia’s clinical work also underscores the need to ensure that schools are adequately prepared with the necessary knowledge and skills to properly support students when they return to school following a concussion. In collaboration with Dr. Gioia and others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a series of toolkits to help schools, coaches, and parents understand the needs of children and teens with concussions and appropriately respond.

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Contact Emily Dammeyer or Jennifer Leischer at 202-476-4500.

Children’s National Medical Center, located in Washington, DC, is a leader in the development of innovative new treatments for childhood illness and injury. Children’s has been serving the nation’s children for more than 135 years. Children’s National is consistently ranked among the best pediatric hospitals by
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