What physical activity can my child do at school?
Initially your child’s physical activity should be limited to prevent your child from prolonging their recovery and from sustaining another concussion. It is easier for a child recovering from a concussion to sustain another concussion. Your child should not participate in any physical activity that puts them at risk for falling, or receiving a direct hit to their head or hit to their body.
Because every child with a concussion is unique, you should seek advice from your child’s healthcare professional to determine the level of physical activity in which your child can participate.
Should my child participate in PE?
Unless under the direction of a healthcare professional, your child should not participate in PE or any activity that puts them at risk for falling, or receiving a direct hit to the head or a hit to the body. For example: use of climbing equipment, running activities, gymnastics, team sports, etc. should be restricted.
Your child should be able to tolerate regular classroom activity like moving around in the room. However, any activity that involves more physical exertion, such as a field trip where the class is going hiking or skating, should be avoided until written medical clearance is obtained for increasing your child’s physical activity.
The first priority for your child is to get back to school full-time before focusing on increasing physical activity. Once back at school full-time, you should obtain written medical clearance by a healthcare professional before your child focuses on increasing physical activity. Your child’s gradual return to physical activities should be guided by the Return to Play protocol before returning to full participation in PE.
For information on the Return to Play protocol visit the Concussion Awareness Course for Parents