Teens Should Proceed Slowly When Recovering from Concussion

John Constantinides is a manager at eBridgeBuilder, located in Franklin Square, New York. The founder of the Demetra Brain Recovery Foundation, John Constantinides endeavors to assist individuals recovering from traumatic brain injury (TBI).

A more common and less severe head injury than TBI, a concussion is a sudden shock to the brain that can lead to a variety of long-term negative effects, especially in teens. For years, doctors have advised concussion patients to rest during recovery, but only recently have doctors obtained the evidence to back this claim.

brain-scans-300x258According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, students may need to stay out of school after experiencing a concussion. The AAP pushed for more research on the topic, and a study by Boston Children’s Hospital provided useful information. The study involved 335 teen athletes diagnosed with concussion at the hospital between 2009 and 2011.

Using a Cognitive Activity Scale, researchers broke students into four categories: complete rest, minimal activity, moderate activity, and activity without restriction. After measuring the subjects’ cognitive ability, results showed that the higher the level of brain activity, the longer it took to recover from concussion symptoms. Hence, resting the mind after a concussion is now backed by research as well as tradition.

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