Published: Oct. 4, 2010
Updated: Oct. 4, 2010
Although most people recover fully within seven to 10 days after a concussion, how quickly they improve depends very much on how well they take care of themselves after the injury.
It’s a good idea to let employers, teachers, coaches, and family members know what’s happened, so they can understand and help you deal with any challenges that arise, whether it’s patience with mild forgetfulness or accommodating the need to take frequent rest breaks.
Mental and physical rest is very important -- in today’s multitasking world, true rest can be a true challenge, but it’s essential to the brain’s recovery.
You don’t have to lose consciousness to have a concussion. If a concussion is sports-related, the injured player should always be evaluated by a health professional.
After a concussion, you should stay off the field -- don’t even practice -- until you are cleared to return to play.
Duke sports injury clinics, located in five Duke Urgent Care centers in the Triangle, can evaluate potential concussions -- as well as tend to other bumps, strains, bruises, and strains.