Concussion Lifestyle Changes

By Michael Yorio, MD

Concussion Lifestyle Changes Overview

Concussions are also known as traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The lasting effects of  concussion vary case by case but some lasting effects aren’t seen for years.

What are some resources or guidelines to educate parents about concussions?

A helpful resource for patients, parents, coaches and health care professionals is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website section under concussions (www.cdc.gov). In one site there are educational materials, printable posters and information for those interested in gaining a basic understanding of mild traumatic brain injuries and warning signs of what to look for in an athlete or child with a concussion. There is also a free concussion training program for health care professionals and coaches to improve identification of concussions and creating safer environments for kids. Another resource would be the NCAA Sports Science Institute, which includes a number of the latest data and recommendations regarding concussions. It can be found on the NCAA website (www.NCAA.org) under Health and Safety.

concussions may bring about lifestyle changes.

Illustration of different ways to get a concussion.

What kind of concussion lifestyle changes to expect vary case by case. After sustaining a concussion, rest and hydration are two of the most important factors affecting the recovery of brain function. Modification of your activity level and cognitive function until full recovery can help reduce the risk of prolonging symptoms. Re-hydration after the injury is also important. Six to eight glasses of fluids per day is recommended for hydration.

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