Is Cognitive Rest Important After Sustaining a Concussion?

Dr. Matthew Pecci explains the importance of physical and cognitive rest after a student has sustained a concussion.

Most of us are aware that a concussion requires a period of rest from exercise and activity to recover. However, it is just as important to rest from cognitive activity.

Depending on the severity of the concussion and the symptoms, intense concentration and memory tasks may be very difficult to perform and may even make your symptoms worse.

Cognitive rest may mean taking some time off school or continuing school with some academic accommodations, such as abbreviated days or limited homework and test taking. It is important that the school is aware that the student has sustained a concussion so that they can work together to formulate an IEP, or individualized educational program, to meet the needs of the student.

Equally important is cognitive rest at home. So limiting reading, television, video games, computer use and texting is also essential in promoting recovery.

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