Concussion Recovery May Take Longer Than We Think

That’s putting it lightly 😉

Performance Sport-Care / Douglas F. Cancel, D.C.

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Looking Beyond Current Beliefs

A recent study led by Anthony Kontos, PhD, from the University of Pittsburgh now suggests that recovery from a concussion might take much longer than the presently accepted range of 7 to 14 days.

This 7 to 14 day recovery period, based on certain peer-reviewed journal articles as well as a consensus statement published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, was derived from studies of male American football players that looked only at neurocognitive tests performed on them as well as a recording of symptoms they reported.

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Clinical Decision Based Upon Minimal Information May Be Risky

However, Dr. Kontos and his colleagues recognized that it might be risky to send young athletes back to play on the basis of a somewhat limited set of parameters. “More and more people are starting to realize that you need to take a comprehensive approach so that you…

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Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

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