When can I return to play after a concussion?

Dr. Charles Preston explains how much time a concussion should heal before returning to play sports.

Any athlete who has a head injury should let their athletic trainer or parents know as soon as possible. A healthcare professional experienced in evaluating for a concussion needs to let you know when it’s safe to return to play, because returning to play too early can be dangerous.

If your concussion involves memory loss or loss of consciousness, you may not be able to return to play for one to two weeks. After a severe concussion, you may not be able to return to play for a month. If this wasn’t your first concussion, your return to play may be even longer.

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