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Concussion Discussion

A study published in The American Journal of Sports Medicine found that the rate of concussions in U.S. high school athletes more than doubled between 2005 and 2012. According to the research published, concussions in high school sports were reported in seven sports including football, soccer, wrestling, softball, baseball and volleyball; football recorded the highest rate of concussions.

The Maine Department of Education is in the process of analyzing its own concussion data as part of a new survey of Maine nurses in an effort to understand both the scope of the issue and how to provide necessary support in light of a new state law about traumatic brain injuries and schools. The 2014-15 school year is the first full year where all Maine schools are required to have in place and implement policies surrounding the management of concussions and other head injuries. 

Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion Include:

  • Answers questions slowly
  • Appears dazed or stunned
  • Forgets class schedule or assignments
  • Is confused about events
  • Repeats questions
  • Can’t recall events prior to the hit, bump, or fall after the injury
  • Shows behavior or personality changes

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Academic Accommodations for Students with Concussion as Mandated by New Law

___ Excused absence from classes
___ Reduced school day or rest periods during the day
___ Extension of assignment deadlines
___ Postpone or stagger tests (coordinated through guidance)
___ Excuse from specific tasks and/or assignments
___ Extend test taking time
___ Accommodations for light and/or noise
___ Excuse from PE, activities and team sports
___ Avoid physical exertion
___ Use a reader/recorder for assignments/test taking
___ Make a note taker/scribe available
___ Provide smaller quieter room for exam taking
___ Provide preferential classroom seating to decrease distraction
___ Temporary assistance with organization and prioritization



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