A new study published in the medical journal Pediatrics shows that high school students may face significant learning problems following concussions. The study, which included 349 students aged 5 to 18, determined just how difficult it is for students to learn after experiencing head injuries.

The study determined that the severity of the concussion symptoms were directly related to future academic performance. 88% of students not fully recovered from their symptoms experienced problems with concentration, fatigue and headaches. 77% of those children also had problems taking notes, studying and completing homework assignments.

The study went on to suggest that more communication needs to be done between healthcare providers and educators to bridge the gap that these students are facing.

Many student athletes face concussions and other head injuries while playing sports like football and soccer. Concussions are caused by blows to the head, falls, or any movement that might cause the head and brain to move too quickly. Symptoms of concussions can include headaches, nausea, irritability, fatigue, sensitivity to light and sound, sadness, sleep issues and a lack of balance.

Studies like this one show just how impactful a head injury can be on a young person’s life. Most people can recover from mild concussions fairly quickly, but elderly people and children can often suffer greater long term effects. With high pressure classes and future-deciding games on the line for these students, their health often takes a back seat. But given the long term effects concussions can have on a person’s life, parents, teachers, coaches and students alike need to be more knowledgeable about the risks taken on the field.