Why Return to Learn After a Concussion?

Before we return to play, we return to the classroom.

The HIPRC team is proud to conduct a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded study testing a flexible, accessible, and comprehensive Return to Learn (RTL) after concussion based protocol on best practice designed for academic accommodations to get high school students back in the classroom.

The study is enrolling now. Compensation will be provided.

Our randomized controlled study is NOW seeking students to enroll. Your student will be placed in one of the following:
Group One: CDC guidelines + RTL protocol
Group Two: CDC guidelines


  • High school student between the ages of 14-19 years
  • Diagnosed with a concussion in the past three months
  • The trauma (concussion) did not result in an acute hospital stay longer than 48 hours
  • Attending in-person, online, or a hybrid classroom environment
  • Not receiving care from a concussion clinic

Clinical Background

  • An estimated 1.1-3.8 million concussions occur annually among youth 0-18 years in the U.S., and concussion has been included in the traumatic brain injury (TBI) disability category since 1991.
  • Most concussions resolve within three weeks of injury, but during this time, youth experience a wide range of symptoms from physical (headaches, nausea) to cognitive (poor memory, short attention span) and emotional (depression, lability).
  • Unlike other injuries, concussions present a unique set of challenges to schools because of their invisibility and variability.

While all 50 U.S. states adopted Return to Play legislation, similar nationwide policy-level guidance does not exist to guide students to return to learn (RTL). Schools are held responsible for their concussion management.

Financial incentive to complete program will be provided.

Interested in Joining the RTL Study?

Application available at this link, or by using the Google Form below.

Contact rtluw@uw.edu for further information or questions.