Programmed physical exertion in recovery from sports-related concussion: A randomized pilot study

Arthur Maerlender, Wanda Rieman, Jonathan Lichtenstein, C. Condiracci

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Although no data exist, general practice recommends only rest following concussion. This randomized clinical trial found that programmed physical exertion during recovery produced no significant differences in recovery time between groups of participants. However, high levels of exertion were deleterious. This study provides initial evidence that moderate physical activity is a safe replacement behavior during recovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-278
Number of pages6
JournalDevelopmental Neuropsychology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 4 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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