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A 42-year-old member asked:

How long after a concussion can you play sports?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Caution is best: Our experience with professional sports injuries indicates a high incidence of post-traumatic encephalopathy due to repetitive head injuries. At one point we were far more lenient, but the consensus suggests it is safer to wait up to 4-6 weeks after a significant concussion.
Dr. Lauren Elson
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 16 years experience
When asymmtomatic: It is extremely imoprtant not to resume sports too soon after a concussion. After all of the symptoms have resolved (can take anywhere from a day to months) you can start a graduated return (the first day 15 mins of cardio, 2nd day sports specific drills, 3rd day scrimmage, ect). If any symptoms return, stop immediately and rest; start protocol when ready. See doctor if unsure.
Dr. Howard Schneider
Pediatric Dentistry 34 years experience
One week after no: More headaches is the minimum recommendation. You may need longer depending on the severity of your concussion. You should be evaluated by your primary care doctor and obtain clearance from them before playing any sports. I know you want to play sports, but your brain needs time to heal.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Is it okay to play sports the day following a concussion?

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Dr. Ayo Adu
Dr. Ayo Aduanswered
Sports Medicine 14 years experience
Usually, no: After a confirmed concussion (i.e. Sideline evaluation using scat-2), a return to play protocol must be followed which is a step-wise gradual increase in activity. Concussion management is individual, which is why the return to play decision can vary from one athlete to another.

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Last updated May 10, 2018

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