Adolescents with sports-related concussions recovered more quickly when they underwent a supervised aerobic exercise regimen, reported a study in JAMA Pediatrics. The findings contradict the standard of care: rest until symptoms resolve.
Trial participants, 103 athletes ages 13 to 18 years, were randomly assigned to an aerobic exercise program or to a control group who did stretching exercises within 10 days after sustaining a sports-related concussion. Those in the exercise group were prescribed workouts individually tailored to an intensity that did not exacerbate concussion symptoms, with a new target heart rate set weekly as symptoms improved. All participants exercised 20 minutes per day and wore heart rate monitors to avoid exceeding their threshold while exercising.
Slomski A. Moderate Physical Activity Speeds Recovery in Concussed Teens. JAMA. 2019;321(12):1149. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.2493
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