There was a study done at St. Michael’s hospital in Toronto to determine whether, following the Return to Play (RTP) protocol, differences in brain structure and function remain present following acute injury. The results showed that at the time athletes were cleared to return to their sport, their brain structure and function were still altered.
What does this mean to you ?
Experts agree that rest in the acute phase (48-72 hours) is beneficial. Following the rest period one should be assessed by a clinician with experience in concussion management who can help determine what type of intervention is necessary. Just because you feel better and have completed the graduated RTP doesn’t mean you are ready to return to play.
There was a study done at St. Michael’s hospital in Toronto to determine whether, following the Return to Play (RTP)…