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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Local researchers have formulated new guidelines on when to return kids with concussions – not to the playing field – but to the classroom.

A Washington University study says it is critical that students not rush or be rushed back to school after suffering a concussion.

“They may have to have a shortened day of school, they may have to have parts of the day when they’re in class and then take a rest,” explains study author Dr. Mark Halstead with Washington University’s Sports Concussion Institute. “We want to make sure these kids are not exacerbating their symptoms because that may actually prolong their recovery so we want to keep symptom flare-ups to a minimum.”

Halstead says some patients may need to stay home for days or even weeks, depending on the severity of the concussion.

“Kids really can struggle a lot in school. They can have a lot of difficulties with focusing and concentrating,” he added. “For awhile there’s been some passing comments as far as we want to practice cognitive rest where we rest that child’s brain.”

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