Study: After Concussion, Earlier Is Better for Kids’ Return to Activity
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Monday, June 20, 2016 12:00 AM

Children and teens diagnosed with a concussion in the emergency department who returned to physical activity in 1 week had a reduced risk of persistent post-concussion syndrome compared with kids who did not resume early physical activity, according to a small observational study.

In an unadjusted logistic regression analysis, kids who reported resumption of earlier physical activity were less likely to develop persistent post-concussion syndrome (defined as ≥3 concussion symptoms, as per the Post-Concussion Symptom Inventory) versus kids who did not (25% versus 43%, respectively).

Overall, of the 2,413 participants ages 5-18 years, 70% reported resumption of physical activity 1 week following diagnosis of concussion, with one half reporting light activity and 25% returning to full competition. Of those engaging in physical activity, 31% reported being symptom-free. There were 30.4% who reporting meeting the criteria for persistent post-concussion syndrome.

While these findings may appear controversial, given the media attention surrounding concussion, the amount of rest required following a concussion is unknown. For other neurological conditions, early return to physical activity is part of the treatment protocol.

Source: Concussion