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Importance of ‘Return-to-Learn’ in Pediatric and Adolescent Concussion

The concept of “return-to-play” after concussion is familiar to pediatricians who routinely care for injured student-athletes. Premature return-to-play of a student-athlete who is still injured from a concussion may result in more severe and potentially long-lasting deficits.

In contrast, “return-to-learn” plans for student-athletes have not received as much attention, perhaps because so much regarding concussion awareness comes from lay reports of professional athletes who play a sport for their livelihood, as compared with pediatric and adolescent-aged athletes for whom school is their primary “work.”

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