Published September 14, 2015
Congratulations to Assistant Professor John Baker and co-authors on the publication of their paper "Factors Associated with Problems for Adolescents Returning to the Classroom after Sport-Related Concussion," in Clinical Pediatrics.
Baker, J. G., Leddy, J. J., Darling, S. R., Rieger, B. P., Mashtare, T. L., Sharma, T., Willer, B.S. (2015). Factors Associated with Problems for Adolescents Returning to the Classroom after Sport-Related Concussion. Clinical Pediatrics.
The primary objective of this study was to determine factors in the clinic setting associated with concussion-related problems in the school setting. A total of 91 student athletes, 13 to 19 years old, completed the SCAT2 and computerized testing during their initial visit to the clinic. During a follow-up telephone interview, one-third reported problems with return to school. The presence of problems reported in school was associated with severity of concussion as represented by recovery time and the overall number of symptoms at the first clinic visit. Gender, age, and previous concussions were not associated with school problems. Athletes with computerized test scores below the ninth percentile were more likely to report school problems. The current study offers some descriptive information for clinicians and ideas for future research related to adolescent athletes with concussion and problems with return to the classroom.