Frequently Asked Questions
What should you do if you think you might have been hurt during a game or practice?
Tell someone! In order for a concussion to heal as quickly as possible so that you can get back to your life, it’s important to see a doctor and get help right away.
When will you feel better?
Most concussions take about a couple of weeks to resolve completely, but sometimes symptoms go on longer and you may need to see a concussion specialist. It is important to keep track of symptoms as you get better and be honest with your parents and doctor.
What can you do to help yourself recover faster?
After a concussion your brain needs rest from physical activity and mental exertion. Resting physically is easy, but resting from mental activity is harder because we use our brains for everything we do even when we are sitting down.
Here are some things to avoid while resting your brain from mental exertion:
- Going to the movies or watching movies
- Playing video games
- Driving a car
- Going to concerts
- Doing household chores
- Social visits
- Watching TV
- Using the computer
- Using the phone
- Playing a musical instrument
- Aerobic exercise
- Lifting weights
It might be difficult to be in school for an entire day at first. Taking tests, taking notes and doing homework are also forms of mental exertion. If you are having a hard time keeping up with schoolwork after being diagnosed with a concussion, tell your doctor and your parents. Your teachers will work with them so that your schoolwork does not prolong your recovery.