Concussed Kids Who Get Active Early Seem to Recover Better

Children and adolescents who engaged in physical activity within 7 days after sustaining an acute concussion were less likely to manifest persistent symptoms than inactive kids, according to a multicenter study.

In the prospective study done at nine hospitals, propensity matching showed that 28.7% of the kids who engaged in any level of physical activity within 7 days of an acute concussion manifested persistent postconcussive symptoms (PPCS) after 28 days versus 40.1% of inactive kids, reported Roger Zemek, MD, of the University of Ottawa, and other members of the Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC) Concussion Team.

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