Concussion Recovery is Delayed by Mental Activity

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A new study published in Pediatrics suggests that post-concussion adolescents require physical and mental rest in order to recover from their concussions. Those teens who were reading, playing video games or doing homework following a concussion took about 100 days to recover from their injury. Those who reduced their mental activities took 20-50 days to recover.

This advice poses a challenge for educators, students and parents who must determine the best way to accommodate the student's needs. In the first 3-5 days post-concussion doctors now recommend that patients stay away from all activity that requires concentration or memory. Students may even need to reduce course loads and delay tests in order to recover fully and in a timely manner.

Most people recover well from concussion when they rest, but for some the symptoms drag on. Research continues into how to help those people and into why they are more susceptible to the symptoms.