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Individuals who practiced light physical activity within two days after experiencing a concussion witnessed their symptoms come to pass. This occurs in half the duration compared to individuals a week or more to exercise. A study by the University of Michigan revealed.

The study unveils that cocoon therapy, avoiding mental stimulation by resting in bed in the dark, isn’t conducive. On the other hand, exercise is a better alternative, especially when done under trained personnel such as clinicians. Many studies have highlighted the benefits of exercise and this study gives people another reason to work out.

Light exercise hastens recovery

A study observed 1200 athletes from 30 college institutions countrywide. It is considered the moment before the injury and at injury till clearance. The study’s intent wasn’t to scrutinize the relationship between concussion healing and exercise. Fortunately, the information gathered aligned with the concept.

Athletes who initiated light physical activity within 48 hours had a higher likelihood of symptom resolution of approximately 2.5 days. Athletes who commenced eight days after their injury showed low symptom recovery compared to athletes who failed to exercise and required five more days for recovery. The athletes that benefited the most were the ones who developed persistent concussion symptoms. The earlier exercise group of athletes had reduced persistence symptoms at 4%, while the latter had higher persistence symptoms at 11%.

As a study author, Landon Lempke emphasized that the observations don’t suggest an athlete is ready to play again. Procedures put in place after injury are there to be followed. All physical activities are to be monitored by a clinician after enduring a concussion. Lempke also adds that in exercising, too much effort in a short period and too little effort in a long period is detrimental to recovery.

What to keep in mind

 Lempke emphasizes that athletes suffering a concussion should be upfront about it instead of hiding or delaying reporting it. Failure to do so may result in longer recovery and other avoidable consequences.  Lempke adds that medical practitioners should keep up with modern developments in concussion treatments. Exercise can be included so long as it is closely monitored.