Nebraska Educators Can Access Concussion Return to Learn Management For Students
By Melissa Rosales, Reporter/Producer Nebraska Public Media
Nov. 30, 2021, 5 p.m. ·
Nebraska educators can now learn how to support students who’ve had a concussion on the playing field when they return to the classroom.
The Brain Injury Alliance of Nebraska (BIA-NE) and the Nebraska Concussion Coalition are providing a free statewide subscription to the ‘Get Schooled on Concussions’ website and ‘TACT’ (Teacher Acute Concussion Tool). Based on a 2018 survey, 50 percent of Nebraska teachers surveyed said they don’t know how to take care of students with concussions. They also noticed students suffered academic decline after head injuries.
"We felt like this was important because honestly, the youth are students first and they’re players second," BIA-NE Executive Director Peggy Reisher said. "We felt like it was important to make sure that they're getting the support they need in a classroom after a brain injury, just as much as what they had out in the field."
Reisher said brain injuries can happen outside of youth sports too. She encourages parents and teachers to watch out for symptoms like headaches, light sensitivity, increased irritability, and more.
Visit getschooledonconcussions.com/Nebraska and use the password: TACTnebraska2020 to learn more.