Study proves cognitive rest speeds concussion recovery

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soccerheadAdolescents who rest their brain after a concussion will recover faster, according to a recent study by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

The study, "Effect of Cognitive Activity Level on Duration of Post-Concussion Symptoms," published online Jan. 6, tracked 335 people ages 8 to 23 who visited a sports concussion clinic between October 2009 and July 2011 after suffering a concussion. Those who engaged in the highest levels of cognitive activity took the longest to fully recover, according to the study, which will be published in the February issue of Pediatrics.

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