Returning to Activities
After proper diagnoses and treatment, patients are often ready to return to their everyday activities. Individuals must be careful to avoid any additional injury or a second impact which could result in permanent brain damage.
Returning to Normal Activities and Work
Rest and limited exertion are keys for patients to recover from their concussion. Your health care provider will work with you to create the right returning to activities plan. Patients should be sure to get adequate sleep and may need to take breaks during the day to rest, as they heal from their concussion.
Returning to School
For children and youth, returning to school can be difficult; that's why your provider will help patients and their families create a returning to school plan. Students should ease back into their regular school work load and should inform their school nurse, teachers, and administrator of the injury.
Watch the CDC video about returning to school.
Returning to Sports
(Steps from the International Concussion Consensus Guidelines and the CDC)
Baseline: No Symptoms
As the baseline step of the Return to Play Progression, the athlete needs to have completed physical and cognitive rest and not be experiencing concussion symptoms for a minimum of 24 hours. Keep in mind, the younger the athlete, the more conservative the treatment.
Step 1: Light aerobic activity
The Goal: Only to increase an athlete’s heart rate.
The Time: 5 to 10 minutes.
The Activities: Exercise bike, walking, or light jogging.
Absolutely no weight lifting, jumping or hard running.
Step 2: Moderate activity
The Goal: Limited body and head movement.
The Time: Reduced from typical routine.
The Activities: Moderate jogging, brief running, moderate-intensity stationary biking, and moderate-intensity weightlifting
Step 3: Heavy, non-contact activity
The Goal: More intense but non-contact
The Time: Close to typical routine
The Activities: Running, high-intensity stationary biking, the player’s regular weightlifting routine, and non-contact sport-specific drills. This stage may add some cognitive component to practice in addition to the aerobic and movement components introduced in Steps 1 and 2.
Step 4: Practice & full contact
The Goal: Reintegrate in full contact practice.
Step 5: Competition
The Goal: Return to competition.
For more information or to schedule an appointment
Contact the Deaconess Concussion Clinic
520 Mary Street, Suite 340
Evansville, IN 47710