If there are no red flags then rest at home is the best medicine in the first day or two. Then it’s time to have the concussion assessed. The off field assessment, often in your health care provider’s office will include a variety of assessments to gather information about how the athlete/ person feels, balance, memory, coordination and eye movements.
Studies have shown that activity, both mental and physical, in the immediate 1-3 days following a concussion can delay the process of recovery. This may mean no school or work, no sports and no activities that make the symptoms (how the person is feeling) worse.
Another major concern surrounding concussions comes from the energy deficit that occurs in the brain following injury. When the brain is in this low energy state, scientists have established that the brain is extremely vulnerable to additional trauma, where even smaller impacts can lead to another concussion. These second concussions can cause severe brain injuries with potentially permanent or fatal outcomes.