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.

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