While it is clear that student athletes suffering from head injuries may experience health complications, new studies show that students continuing to experience concussive symptoms while in school do not perform as well. Danielle M. Ransom of Children's National Health System in Washington D.C. conducted this study and reports that 88% of such students indicated that headaches, fatigue, and problems concentrating negatively affected their academic performance. A previous study suggests that children who experienced a head injury should return to school as quickly as possible. However, if the academic performance is suffering due to ongoing physical ailments related to the injury, accommodations should be made and collaboration between the child, parents, and teachers should emphasize the need to assist children who may need more time to recover from their injury. This new study is preliminary and is based on observation and self-reporting only, but is the first step toward further research that will emphasize the need to tailor each child's recovery to their specific health needs in order to ensure they receive the best care possible to protect their academic performance.
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