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August Q and A Concussions Part 4

August 17, 2016

Every 15 seconds, someone in America has a concussion, and 1.5 million people live with traumatic brain injury every day. This month, experts from the Rochester Regional Health Concussion Program will answer questions about concussions and why seeking treatment is so important.

Question #4: In regards to treating a concussion, what exactly do you mean by ‘rest’?

Rest is critical to recovery from a concussion. In this case, rest does not mean relaxing on the couch watching television, playing video games, or being on your phone and other digital devices.

Rest in this case is defined as cognitive and physical rest. Both are the first step for acute concussion care. We now encourage rest and sleep.

Examples of cognitive rest include limiting the following:

  • Screen time (television, computers, mobile phones and other digital devices)
  • Reading time
  • Loud environments or loud music
  • Bright lights
  • Work, homework and test taking

Examples of physical rest include refraining from:

  • Aerobic or exercise activity that results in increased symptoms
  • Gym class
  • Contact sports

Duration for recommended rest will vary based on individual recovery. As symptoms improve, the goal is to work back into school/work and activities in an organized and progressive way.

Check back next week as our Q & A series on concussions details the Return to Learn and Return to Play protocols.

On Thursday, August 18, Rochester Regional Health experts will join former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly prior to the Rochester Red Wings game at 7:05 for a discussion on concussions as Rochester Regional Health launches the region’s first concussion program designed for everyone. Learn more about Rochester Regional Health’s Concussion Program here.

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