Complete rest until symptom-free after concussion may not be best for recovery

American Academy of Pediatrics. ScienceDaily. Published online: 30 April 2016.

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New study found that youth who exercised within seven days of head injury had nearly half the rate of persistent post-concussive symptoms a month later

Rest has long been the cornerstone of concussion treatment. For sports-related head injuries, for example, current guidelines say children should avoid returning to play — and all other physical activity — until all concussion symptoms such as headaches are gone. New research however, suggests those who exercise within a week of injury, regardless of symptoms, have nearly half the rate of concussion symptoms that linger more than a month.

For the study, “Early Resumption of Physical Activities and Persistent Post-Concussive Symptoms Following Pediatric Concussion,” 3,063 children between ages of 5 and 18 who visited hospital emergency departments in Canada answered survey questions about their level of physical activity and severity of symptoms 7, 14, and 28 days after injury.

Contrary to recommendations, researchers said, most (58 percent) of the children still experiencing concussion symptoms resumed exercising a week after being injured, and more than three-quarters (76 percent) were physically active two weeks later.

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