Rest versus Activity
The cornerstones of concussion management are physical and cognitive rest, followed by a gradual Return to Activity
program. (4th International Conference on Concussion in Sport, Zurich)
This will be discussed in greater detail later in this module.
Specifically, it’s essential to limit mental and physical activity in the first 24–48 hours, just to be safe. (4th International Conference on Concussion in Sport, Zurich)
However, be aware that strict rest for five days following an injury offers no additional benefit over the usual one to two-day rest. (Thomas, 2015)
It has been shown that children who did two days of nothing actually fared better than children who did five days of nothing.
Thomas, DG et al. Benefits of Strict Rest After Acute Concussion: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Pediatrics. 2015. 135(2): 1-11.