Truth or Myth? If You Sustain a Sports Related Concussion You Should Sit in a Dark and Quiet Room Until All Symptoms Subside…..MYTH!
Dr. Daniel Luczka PT, DPT, CSCS
More and more evidence is strongly supporting that an early return to physical activity, within 1 week, may reduce persistent symptoms of a concussion. The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study that involved over 2,400 children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 18 years old who sustained a concussion. The findings showed that out of those who participated in early physical activity, only 28% still had persistent post-concussion symptoms compared to those who did not participate in early physical activity, over 40% of them continued to have persistent post-concussion symptoms at 28 days post injury.
The benefits of aerobic exercise on the brain have been documented for years. Protocols such as the Balke or Buffalo Concussion Treadmill Test have been proven to be safe and effective in finding the proper dosage and intensity of physical activity post-concussion to help speed up the recovery of the athlete.
Do not fall into the out dated protocol of being told to “sit in a dark room and do nothing.” Make sure you are seeing a medical professional who is up to date on the most current research for Post-Concussion Syndrome. Call your Physical Therapist as soon as you suspect a concussion to help ensure the best medical care is being provided!