Return to learn after concussion in children

Q: Despite recent interest in the pathophysiology and management of concussion in children, as well as the ongoing concern about return to activity, advice regarding the type and length of cognitive rest has been inconsistent. What should I recommend to the children and adolescents in my clinic regarding cognitive rest following mild concussion?

A: Strict cognitive rest is not needed in those with mild concussion. Evidence suggests a decrease in usual activity to a level that allows children to remain asymptomatic, followed by a gradual return to learning, is appropriate. It is clear that either too little or too much activity is disadvantageous to recovery and can worsen outcomes.

Citation: Irvine A, Babul S, Goldman RD. Return to learn after concussion in children. Canadian Family Physician. 2017 Nov 1;63(11):859-62.

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