Researchers questioned 1630 students at 7, 14, and 28 days post-concussion, asking when they returned to school after their injury, as well as to rate their current symptoms. Children who returned to school earlier (less than 3 days post-injury) had less symptoms at two weeks post-injury. This was true even in children who had higher symptom scores initially. This research supports the idea that earlier return to school may directly or indirectly promote faster concussion recovery.
Vaughan CG, Ledoux A, Sady MD, et al. Association Between Early Return to School Following Acute Concussion and Symptom Burden at 2 Weeks Postinjury. JAMA Netw Open. 2023;6(1):e2251839. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.51839