Kids Concussion Recovery Guidelines Changed to Include Electronics and Light Activity

Submitted by sideline on Fri, 05/24/2019 - 21:53
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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recently revised concussion recovery guidelines to encourage children and kids to return to school and engage in light activity. Kids also can have their electronics back instead of being isolated in a dark room with no physical or cognitive activity. Read the full article here:

Researchers also found that children recovering from concussions who were banned from electronics and activities would frequently experience social isolation, depression or anxiety.

Mark Halstead, director of the St Louis Chidren’s Hospital Young Athlete Center Sports Concussion Program states “Shutting down an active child entirely doesn’t make them feel good and, frankly, can make them feel like they being punished for getting hurt. Kids can develop anxiety by missing school, and the fear of getting behind can overwhelm them.”

Halstead goes on to say that “A cookie-cutter treatment approach does not work, because no two concussions are alike.