After a concussion, we need to focus on helping the patient Return To Engaging Activity. Dr. Summer Ott, PsyD presents at the Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine Update and joins us for a discussion on the ever-changing landscape of concussions.
What is a return to engaging activity?
Recognize common physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms that affect academic performance
Identify potential roadblocks
Describe an Action Plan
Each school system is different in policies.
Parents need to ask the right questions.
Texas law- applies only to athletes, for return to learn – Natasha Law (HB2038
Return to Learn
It is a step-wise return to academics
Cognitive recovery often occurs after physical recovery has happened
Some students do not feel comfortable with accommodations (504 plan)
A 504 plan is NOT necessary in every case. Accommodations are meant for only short term for recovery
Not every physician is educated in academic accommodations, parents need to ask.
It is helpful to have the Concussion injury Coordinator to facilitate (CIC)
Want an Example?
A full day of school is key in the early stage of recovery, may cause the return of symptoms, even though at rest and previous days stated NO symptoms. The cognitive load of school also helps in concussion evaluation.
Physical symptoms- Headache, Nausea, dizziness, balance issues, blurred vision, light and noise sensitivity, sleep deprivation.
Cognitive symptoms – Concentration,fogginess,recall, mental fatigue, slow processing
Emotional symptoms – irritability, anxiety, sadness.
Pair a symptom with an intervention/accommodation.
Visit with physicians, provide resources for sample academic accommodations, present to physicians.
Sample Academic accommodations
Live stream of the presentation.
More about Dr. Summer Ott
Dr. Summer Ott is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). She also serves as the director of the Concussion Program at Memorial Hermann Ironman Sports Medicine Institute.
Dr. Ott is a Neuropsychologist specializing in sports-related concussions. She has extensive clinical and research experience with sports-related concussions. She currently serves as the team neuropsychological consultant for the Houston Texans and Houston Rockets, as well as many universities and school districts in Texas. Previously, Dr. Ott served as a neuropsychology consultant for the Houston Dynamo and the Houston Aeros.
Her research efforts focus on proper baseline testing, concussion in female athletes, effects of physical exertion on cognition, and long-term consequences of repeated head injury in athletes. Dr. Ott has co‐authored publications on neuropsychological assessment in scholarly journals and frequently conducts presentations regarding the proper management of concussion.
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