Every 15 seconds, someone in America has a concussion, and 1.5 million people live with traumatic brain injury every day. This month, experts from the Rochester Regional Health Concussion Program will answer questions about concussions and why seeking treatment is so important. The Rochester Regional Health Concussion Program is the region’s FIRST program to treat everyone. Concussions are not suffered by just athletes, but any child, adult, or senior can be concussed at any time.
Question #7: What is the Return to Learn Protocol?
Answer: Students need to go through a particular protocol before returning to regular school activity. For student-athletes, this occurs prior to any consideration for returning to athletic activity.
Schools should have a policy in play to gradually progress a student back to normal school activity. Communication among the student/family, school counselors, nurses, teachers, coaches and the member of our concussion program team treating the patient is critical.
Stage 1: Cognitive brain rest – no school
Stage 2: Getting ready to return to school
Stage 3: Back to school/modified activities
Stage 4: Nearly normal schools days
Stage 5: Full School
Members of the Rochester Regional Health Concussion Program are available to consult with educators to ensure effective policies and protocols are in place.
The Rochester Regional Health Concussion Program is the region’s FIRST program to treat everyone. Concussions are not suffered by just athletes, but any child, adult, or senior can be concussed at any time. For more information on the Rochester Regional Health Concussion Program, visit our website.
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