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Rest is very important after a concussion because it helps the brain to heal. Ignoring symptoms and trying to tough it out often makes symptoms worse. Be patient because healing takes time. Only when symptoms have reduced significantly, in consultation with your doctor, should you slowly and gradually return to your daily activities, such as work or school. If symptoms come back or new symptoms appear as you become more active, this is a sign that you are pushing yourself too hard. Stop these activities and take more time to rest and recover. As the days go by, you can expect to gradually feel better.A concussion is a brain injury
- All concussions are serious
- Most concussions occur without loss of consciousness
- Concussions can occur in any sport or recreational activity
- Recognition and proper response to concussions when they first occur can help prevent further injury or even death
- Athletes who have had a concussion are at increased risk for another concussion.
- Teens are more likely to get a concussion and take longer to recover than adults.
- A repeat concussion that occurs before the brain recovers from the first- usually within a short period of time (hours, days, or weeks) can slow recovery or increase the likelihood of having long-term problems.
- Get plenty of sleep at night, and rest during the day.
- Avoid activities that are physically demanding (e.g., sports, heavy housecleaning, working-out) or require a lot of concentration (e.g., sustained computer use, video games).
- Ask your doctor when you can safely drive a car, ride a bike, or operate heavy equipment.
- Do not drink alcohol. Alcohol and other drugs may slow your recovery and put you at risk of further injury.