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Recovering from a Concussion


  • An initial period of about 24-48 hours of brain rest can be helpful for concussion recovery
  • It is important that children gradually return to school as their symptoms allow after a brief period of rest, even if they cannot make it through full days of school
  • Many children will need school accommodations to allow shortened school days, rest breaks throughout the day, lightened homework load, ear plugs for noise sensitivity, or hats for light sensitivity
  • School accommodations will need to be adjusted frequently as your child recovers to allow them to Return to Learn successfully
  • Children must fully return to school, symptom-free, before they are able to return to sports


  • After 24-48 hours of rest, low-level, symptom-limited aerobic exercise can help children recover from a concussion
  • Can be done at school, home, or both, as long as it is supervised
  • Low levels of physical activity include walking, light jogging, light stationary biking, supervised swimming
  • If physical activity causes a headache or other concussion symptoms, stop and rest 
  • No contact sports or high risk activities such as trampolines, playgrounds or wheeled activities
  • Your doctor will need to clear you to complete the Return to Play steps in order to gradually return to sports once symptoms have resolved


  • In the first 24-48 hours after concussion, children can sleep as much as they need to recover
  • After the first day or two, return to a normal sleep schedule with a consistent bedtime and wake time
  • Avoid naps during the day
  • Avoid screens 1 hour before bedtime (TV, phone, tablet, video games)

Screen Time:

  • Newer research shows that avoiding screens completely may be socially isolating and may increase recovery time for children
  • If screen time is making headache or concussion symptoms worse, this should be limited
  • Video games are particularly aggravating for concussions due to the concentration required, fast moving images and loud sounds, and thus should be avoided


  • No specific guidelines exist on when children can return to driving
  • Driving is a complex process that involves coordination of multiple skills and concentration that adolescents recovering from a concussion may not be capable of


  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day, hydration is very helpful in concussion recovery and management of headaches
  • Avoid caffeine and sugary drinks
  • Eat a well-balanced diet including healthy snacks
  • Avoid skipping meals, especially breakfast


  • No human data exists that supplements are beneficial for recovery from concussion
  • There is likely more potential for harm given that supplements are not regulated by the FDA


  • Discuss medication use with your doctor
  • Tylenol and Advil can be helpful to treat symptoms initially, but are not meant to be used long-term for concussion symptoms

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