Researchers call for concussion protocols at Illinois schools - – Rockford’s News Leader

Researchers call for concussion protocols at Illinois schools


A survey of school nurses shows schools in Illinois lack convention on when to let students who've suffered a concussion back to class.

Researchers at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago presented their data recently at a sports medicine conference.

Dr. Cynthia LaBella, the head of Lurie Children's sports medicine institute, says state law states student athletes must have clearance from a medical professional before they return to sports, but schools need to learn that students with concussions are also in need of cognitive rest in order to recover.

Students may need time off, shorter school days, or reduced homework until their symptoms get better.

The survey showed over half of the schools in Illinois have protocols for when kids can return to sports, but less than a third have conventions for when to put kids back into class after a concussion.

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