Study Shows Activity After Concussion Aids Recovery

A new study challenges guidelines that call for prolonged rest after a concussion, showing instead that engaging in physical activity within seven days reduces the risk for persistent symptoms. The study involved 2,413 kids and teens in nine different hospitals. It was performed by the Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC) Concussion Team and was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

According to researchers, 28.7 percent of study participants who engaged in physical activity within a week of sustaining a concussion suffered from persistent post-concussive syndrome (PPCS) a month later, while 40.1 percent of those who remained inactive for a week after concussion experienced PPCS. Symptoms of PPCS include headaches, dizziness, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound.

Additional research is to begin in 2017 to determine the level and timing of physical activity after concussion that provides the best rehabilitation and outcome. The goal is to improve concussion guidelines and recommendations. Researchers caution that engaging in physical activity is not the same as a “full return to play.” During the concussion recovery period, it is extremely important to avoid additional impact to the head.

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