Should my student participate in PE?
The student’s physical activity level should be obtained from the parent or guardian and documented in their Return to Learn Plan. The student should not participate in any activity that puts them at risk for sustaining another concussion. Once a student has a concussion, it is easier for them to sustain another one. Therefore, unless under the direction of a healthcare professional, students 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.
Most students should 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 medical clearance is obtained for increasing the student’s physical activity.
The first priority for a student is to get back to school full-time before focusing on increasing physical activity. Once back at school full-time, the student should provide written medical clearance by a healthcare professional before focusing on increasing physical activity. The student’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 Training Tool for Parents, Players and Coaches.