The first step in treating sports concussion is to prevent further injury. For this reason, we recommend that anyone concerned about having a concussion immediately take a break from physical activity and seek medical advice. Young athletes should initially discuss their symptoms with parents, coaches and trainers, and then promptly seek care from their doctor or a sports concussion specialist. We recommend one to two days of complete rest, as if sick with the flu.
After this rest period, most people start to feel comfortable easing back into light activities, such as cooking, cleaning, taking short walks and doing some schoolwork (or office work) from home. As symptoms start to resolve, and with guidance from their health care providers, patients can cautiously return to school or work and become more physically active. When symptoms are fully resolved, patients can gradually return to participating in sports or other physical activities, under the direction of their medical provider.
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UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.