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Exercise Speeds up Recovery From Concussion, Not Bed Rest According to New Study

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Jayanth Deshmukh, medtigo Medical News November 15, 2021

According to new research, juvenile athletes recover from concussions faster by engaging in light aerobic exercise rather than resting in a dark area. Instead of “cocoon therapy,” a new research-backed treatment encourages young concussion sufferers to get out of bed and engage in safe activity sooner. 

“What the research discovered was that totally shutting down teenagers had a hard time recovering from sports-related concussions,” said study author Dr Travis Miller of Penn State Health Sports Medicine. 

In a Penn State news release, Miller said, “Our recent studies show that it is OK to return to some light, sub-threshold exercises if qualified specialists monitor them.” “Light, non-symptom-worsening exercise can help our athletes recuperate faster and return to sports and other activities sooner.” 

Before beginning cautious exercise, teens with a suspected or confirmed concussion are usually given 24 to 48 hours of relative rest. 

“Patients commonly begin with light cardio exercises like walking, using an elliptical machine, or riding a stationary cycle. I wouldn’t put someone on a regular bicycle because they might fall and harm their head, “Miller remarked. “As your symptoms fade and the days pass, you can gradually increase the intensity and length of your workout.” 

Young athletes may feel compelled to return to full activity right away, but this is a bad idea since they risk developing chronic symptoms like headaches, cloudy thinking, and problems concentrating, as well as being more prone to repeated concussions. 

“We understand that they want to get back to full involvement as soon as feasible. That is something that we, as sports medicine professionals, also like. We grew up with a strong desire to play. We’ve been taught to return you in the most secure manner possible, “Miller remarked. 

 “It’s critical to ensure that symptoms are properly treated and that we’re following all recovery protocols before returning to the court, field, or rink,” he stated, noting that this will lower the risk of a second concussion. 

 

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