Navigating Return to Learn After Concussion for Health Care Providers

For the last several decades, there’s been a tremendous focus in the world of concussion on areas such as recognizing when a concussion occurs, various diagnostic evaluations, treatment recommendations and determining when it’s an appropriate time to return to play sports after a concussion. However, it’s only really been the last eight or nine years that there’s been more emphasis, at least on a wider scale, of how to help kids in school when they’re dealing with their concussion, typically what we refer to as Return To Learn.

In this episode we are going to be discussing the topic of Returning To Learn with leading experts in this field and ways that YOU as a healthcare professional dealing with concussion can best support students in their return to the classroom. This information is also beneficial to teachers, parents and the students themselves. This is Return to Learn on the Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast.


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— REAP Concussion Information

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— American Academy of Pediatrics Clinical Report on Returning to Learning following concussion




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Dr. Mark Halstead - Host of The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast - St. Louis, MOMark Halstead: 

Dr. Mark Halstead received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He stayed at the University of Wisconsin for his pediatric residency, followed by a year as the chief resident. Following residency, he completed a pediatric and adult sports medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He has been an elected member to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). He has served as a team physician or medical consultant to numerous high schools, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Washington University, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Athletica, and St. Louis Rams. He serves and has served on many local, regional and national committees as an advisor for sports medicine and concussions. Dr. Halstead is a national recognized expert in sport-related concussions and pediatric sports medicine.

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The Guests Featured Inside this Program

Brenda Eagan-Johnson - A Guest on The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast with Dr. Mark HalsteadBrenda Eagan-Johnson: 

Dr. Brenda Eagan-Johnson is a doctor of education in the areas of mind, brain and teaching. She has two decades of experience in the area of pediatric brain injury, education and neuro-developmental issues in children. She was instrumental in the creation of and directs a statewide program in Pennsylvania called BrainSteps. She is published in the area of pediatric brain injury, speaks nationally and internationally, and has received numerous awards for her work. She has trained nearly 3,000 school-based teams in the area of pediatric concussion. Her brother sustained a severe TBI when they were teenagers which is where her passion in this field began. Connect with Brenda Eagan-Johnson now!


Karen McAvoy: A Guest on The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast with Dr. Mark HalsteadKaren McAvoy: 

Dr. Karen McAvoy is a dually credentialed clinical and school psychologist. She practiced as a pediatric psychologist at both Seattle and Denver Children’s Hospital and as the Director of the  Center for Concussion at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children. She also practiced as a school psychologist for 20 years and as a consultant to the Colorado Department of Education for an additional 10 years in the areas of brain injury and neuro-diversity on learning and behavior. She is the author of REAP, an interdisciplinary team approach to concussion. Currently she is seeing adults and children with various brain injury severities half-time in Fort Collins, Colorado and also travels the country providing training on Return to Learn to schools. Connect with Karen McAvoy now!