This is the first study to objectively document self-paced physical and cognitive activity post-concussion among youth suggests they may be able to engage in physical and cognitive activity as soon as tolerated post-concussion.
The study, published in the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, found that self-paced physical and cognitive activity during the first week after sustaining a concussion alone neither hastened nor prolonged concussion recovery in children and teens. These findings indicate that children and teens with concussion may have some flexibility to determine their own activity levels during recovery. Physicians may encourage safe, non-contact, light physical activity if it does not make youths’ concussion symptoms worse, while also continuing to emphasize appropriate amounts of necessary rest.
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www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/03/210308111836.htm Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “After a concussion: No more sitting in the dark?.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 8 March 2021