New Studies Show The Benefits Of Exercising After A Concussion part 2
The Principal investigator behind the study is named Roger Zemek, MD, FRCPC, who also happens to be the director of clinical research at The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and also serves as the associate director in the pediatrics and emergency medicine. Furthermore he also the clinical research chair of in pediatric concussion at the University of Ottawa. In other words the leading guy behind this study is definitely no hack and he knows what he is talking about no doubt. He said that “Exercise within seven days of injury was associated with nearly half the rate of persistent post-concussive symptoms, or those that last beyond a month” and he also says that this study calls into question the results of studies which advocated for prolonged physical rest for children until all symptoms of a concussion have disappeared.
This is in fact the first large scale study conducted on this topic and has had some positive results. Older studies which were only conducted on a smaller scale found that conservative rest was best for children until all symptoms had disappeared. However those studies didn’t have enough participants and was not done on a large enough scale to be conclusive. The study which shows that exercise after a concussion is beneficial was indeed done on a large and comprehensive scale. Of course doctors don’t want children engaging in any physical activity after a concussion that put them at risk of re-injury. They should only engage in light physical activity such as cycling, running, or other such things. Extremely physical activities like contact sports should still be avoided until all post-concussive symptoms have disappeared.
It is recognized that there does need to be further research conducted in this field, however it does seem to be a huge breakthrough because if the results of this study are in fact correct it would change the lives of millions for the better and would completely revamp the way that concussions are managed.