The Canadian Medical Association Journal has issued new guidelines to help manage concussions and reduce the risk of second-impact symptom, which can be fatal.
Complete rest until symptom-free after concussion may not be best for recovery: 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.
The Pop Warner youth football group issued new practice guidelines this week in an attempt to reduce concussions and head injuries among the more than children who participate in youth football leagues.