It is completely normal for an athlete to take 2-4 weeks to return to play.
Previously to normal return-to-play time was set at 14 days, meaning that 50% of athletes recovered in that time.
New research suggests that 28 days is more likely to encapsulate the recovery process. At that point, 85% of athletes have returned to play.
The recognition of the longer recovery time might help eliminate expectations and social pressure from the athlete him/herself, teammates, coaches and parents, who want the athlete to return to play.
There is no absolute safe time and there are no tests that can help decide when an athlete is ready to return to sport – it relies on clinical experience and judgement.
How to Make Yourself Feel Better After Concussion
Tell people around you if you do not feel right.
Cutting your screentime down to around 2 hours a day speeds up the rate at which your symptoms settle.
Walking, swimming or cycling should be good for you. Take short breaks.
Return to Sport Gradually
Don’t be too surprised if your symptoms come back. Always tell the truth, eg. ‘every time I do the squats my headache comes back’
Getting back on the team for the game on Saturday may be the only thing on your mind at the moment, but your brain may have other ideas – and your brain actually knows what is best for your health.
You Will Get Better