After a Concussion: Returning to School and Sports

[South Tahoe Now]

During the past decade, it’s become clear that many young athletes take much longer than 10 days to clinically recover after a concussion. The majority of athletes recover within the first month of injury.

A concussion can occur when there is a significant blow to the head.

Some signs of a more severe concussion are the presence and increased severity of nausea, dizziness, balance problems, sensitivity to light and noise, feeling “slowed down,” pressure in the head, confusion, concentration problems, and difficulty falling asleep.

Many factors can affect recovery time, such as the development of headaches, dizziness, or depression.

The strongest and most consistent predictor of slower recovery from a sports-related concussion is the severity of symptoms in the first day, or initial few days, after injury...