Excercise is better than rest for a concussion: Thats the result of a landmark study coming out of University at Buffalo.
It comes from University at Buffalo Researchers and finds concussed teens recover faster if they hit the treadmill instead of the sofa.
There is no proven treatment for concussions, especially among teens who typically take the longest to recover.
This study was led by John J. Leddy, director of the UB Concussion Management Clinic and first author on the study. He worked alongside Barry Willer, PhD, director of research in the UB Concussion Management Clinic.
They looked at more than 100 teenagers who had suffered a concussion.
The researchers followed 103 participants ages 13-18, with nearly the same number of males and females. All were seen within 10 days after sustaining a sport-related concussion at one of the UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine clinics in Western New York or at the Pan Am Clinic in Winnipeg.
Their findings could change everything: And contradict a long-held belief in medical circles that after a concussion you should rest before getting back to regular activity.
“This research provides the strongest evidence yet that a prescribed, individualized aerobic exercise program that keeps the heart rate below the point where symptoms worsen is the best way to treat concussion in adolescents,” said John J. Leddy, MD, first author, clinical professor of orthopaedics in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UB, and director of the UB Concussion Management Clinic at UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine.