How to Know if Your Concussion Needs Special Treatment

Breakthrough therapies are helping athletes recover from injuries previously thought untreatable. But many doctors remain unaware of the advancements.

…For decades, doctors have told concussed athletes like Fraser to rest, avoid bright lights, and limit activity. Having had one concussion places you at greater risk for another, they thought. But emerging science says that’s bunk: You can recover from a concussion, with active treatments that re-condition the injured parts of your brain.

Source: The New Science of Concussion Recovery

New research is finding that people with long-standing symptoms recover faster when they get to practice certain tasks, training their brains to recover the function that was lost.

Tip: If you suffer a concussion, have an optician check your retina. A concussion can cause tears in the retina.