Your brain needs more of a time-out than just missing the next game to recover from a concussion. New research suggests student athletes who are too active — not just on the field, but at home and school — may hinder their recovery.
More puzzling, female athletes may take longer to recover than males.
It’s part of growing evidence that healing from this common sports injury is more complicated than once thought, an important message for parents and coaches as school sports programs gear up for fall.
“No two concussions are the same,” warns Kevin Guskiewicz, an athletic trainer who chairs the sports science department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “We need to be cautious with what we’re allowing someone to do, and at what point in their recovery they’re allowed to do it.”
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