Return to play is a stepwise process based on a patient’s heart rate and presence of their symptoms. All cognitive and physical activities should be supervised by a trained concussion care provider to make adjustments when needed.
To begin this phase of rehab, patients should meet the following return to play criteria:
Keep in mind patients suffering from post-concussion syndrome will still have symptoms that worsen with cognitive and physical exertion. You will have to bend the guidelines and encourage them to move through their symptoms to interrupt the chronic pain cycle. A trained concussion rehabilitation specialist can help determine this balance of activity.
OTHER FLASH BRIEFINGS YOU MIGHT FIND HELPFUL: