“A concussion is an academic injury, in the sense that it affects the capacity for learning,” said pediatric neuropsychologist Gerard Gioia at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington.
A return to school care plan is essential for student experiencing the cognitive impact of concussion. According to Michael Sefton, Ph.D., school-based modifications may be added at any time after a student athlete is injured. “Just as you would allow an athlete suffering with an orthopedic injury
to use an elevator, school administrators are permitting a host of accommodations for athletes with concussion in order to allow them to heal and succeed in the academic setting.” Concussion is considered an invisible injury but arguably it is not invisible to those responsible for teaching school curriculum to afflicted students according to Sefton.