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The Institute for Sports Medicine at Lurie Children’s is uniquely qualified to evaluate, manage and treat concussions in children and adolescents.
A concussion is an injury to the brain caused by a blow to the head or body. A concussion can affect a person’s physical and cognitive abilities and interrupt sleep patterns and emotional functioning. The number and severity of symptoms vary from person to person and can last from a few minutes to many months.
Because concussions can affect children’s cognitive abilities in school, we’ve structured the Concussion Program to address our patients’ academic needs, as well as provide them with appropriate guidance regarding safe return to sports and physical activities. Our team stays in contact with academic and athletic staff at the schools throughout the treatment process to make sure our patients have a smooth and appropriate transition back to both the classroom and to physical activities.
All of our patients are evaluated by a multidisciplinary team of concussion specialists, including pediatric sports medicine physicians, a pediatric advanced practice nurse and, certified athletic trainers; this team approach ensures comprehensive evaluation and management of each injury.
Additionally, all of our specialists are actively involved in pediatric concussion research to further global understanding of these injuries and improve treatment.
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has numerous educational resources for athletes, parents, coaches and teachers as part of their Heads Up program , including an interactive website and app for coaches and parents to learn more about concussion and brain injury.
The following information is reviewed on the website:
Brain injury basics
Minimizing brain injury risks
Finding a proper helmet
Informational materials (videos, external links and downloadable PDFs)
Clinician training for coaching staff
It is an excellent resource for the family that wishes to learn more on keeping their child healthy and safe.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has also released policy statements about the effects of concussions on learning and adolescents. Select a statement below to learn more.
Because concussions can affect a child or teen’s ability to participate in school activities, many students benefit from academic accommodations at school. Lurie Children's Return to Learn module is a free online training unit that provides guidance for teachers, school nurses, counselors and administrators on how to integrate children and teens back into school following concussion.