Reducing Cognitive Stressors

School, Texting, Video Games & Television

Concussion affects the brain’s ability to function. The healing process requires giving the brain an opportunity to rest. Children and teenagers recovering from concussion should be monitored closely. Until they fully heal, they should be restricted from activities that are considered to be cognitive stressors.

Injury to the developing brain, especially when repeated concussions are involved, may increase the risk of long-term effects in children. While children are recovering from concussion, specialized considerations may include restricting the amount of time spent at school or working on school-related activities.

Cognitive rest is key to recovery. In addition to making academic accommodations, parents should place limits on the amount of time kids spend on social activities including texting, video gaming and watching television. Such activities can exacerbate symptoms and delay full recovery.