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Concussions: Parents Are Critical Participants in Recognition, Treatment, Recovery

Parents are critical participants in the recognition and treatment of, and recovery from, a concussion, not only in the first 24 to 48 hours but during every step in the process towards an eventual return to the play.

Gradual Return to Play After Concussions Recommended

Athletes who suffer concussion should follow a six-step, symptom-limited, return to play process towards return to game play and may require a longer rest period and/or extended period of non-contact exercise before return than adults because they have a different physiological response to concussion, take longer to recover, and have other unique risk factors.

Full Cognitive Activity After Concussion Delays Recovery, Study Finds

Teens who continue to engage in full cognitive activity after sport-related concussion take from 2 to 5 times longer to recover than those who limit such activity, a new study has found. The findings provide important support for current concussion guidelines recommending cognitive rest during the initial stages of recovery from concussion.

Study First To Prove Benefit Of Cognitive and Physical Rest In Concussion Recovery

A week of strict cognitive and physical rest significantly improves performance of concussed athletes on neurocognitive tests and decreases severity of post-concussion symptoms, a first-of-its-kind study finds. The beneficial effects of the week of rest were seen whether the rest came soon after a concussion or even weeks to months later.

The Unmarked Detour: A Family's Journey Through Post-Concussion Syndrome (Video)

When her daughter Heidi suffered a concussion warming up in goal before a hockey game in February 2010, litle did Dorothy Bedford realize that the night would mark the beginning of a fourteen-month long recovery from post-concussion syndrome requiring three medical leaves of absences and treatment by nearly a dozen medical specialists.

The Unmarked Detour: The Journey in Videos

A series of video segments featuring Dorothy Bedford talking about her teenage daughter Heidi's 14-month long struggle to overcome post-concussion syndrome after suffering a serious concussion playing hockey at boarding school.

The Unmarked Detour: Three Critical, Early Mistakes Prove Costly

A mom explains how three major mistakes in the first critical days after her teenage daughter suffered a concussion playing hockey not only made her injury worse and her recovery more difficult, but would affect her physical and emotional health, cognitive abilities, and academic record, and strain family relationships and finances.

The Unmarked Detour: One Family's Journey Through Post-Concussion Syndrome

When her daughter Heidi suffered a concussion warming up in goal before a hockey game in February 2010, litle did Dorothy Bedford realize that the night would mark the beginning of a fourteen-month long recovery from post-concussion syndrome requiring three medical leaves of absences and treatment by nearly a dozen medical specialists.

 

Why Cognitive and Physical Rest After Concussion?

Sports concussion neuropsychologist Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, Ph. D.says the reason a student-athlete needs to get cognitive and physical rest after a concussion is to reduce the work the injured brain has to do in order to allow it time to heal.  A 2012 study by Dr. Moser documents for the first time the effectiveness of prescribed rest for the treatment of post-concussion symptoms and cognitive dysfunction, whether the rest is applied in the early or prolonged stages of recovery.

No Video Games After Concussion: A Defense

The other day I received an email from a neuropsychologist at a well-known New England medical center (I'll call him "Dr. A" for short) wondering whether there was any evidence to support the recommendation made in a number of articles in our concussion center, as well as videos, that, as part of the cognitive rest a concussed student-athlete needs during concussion recovery, he or she should not play video games:

When a neuropsychologist at a leading New England medical center is skeptical about the basis for MomsTeam's recommendation against a concussed student-athlete playing video games while symptomatic after concussion, Brooke de Lench provides the backup and ends up winning praise for the site's concussion center.
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