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Concussion experts prescribe 'brain rest' after head injury with possible concussion

Claudine Ward, MD, and Brian Rieger, PhDBrain rest is crucial for someone who has sustained a possible concussion, say experts from the Upstate Concussion Center. Medical Director Claudine Ward, MD, left, and Program Director Brian Rieger, PhD, right, explain that most people fully recover from a concussion, if they are treated properly afterward. One key is to take care not to sustain a second head injury during recovery. They recommend brain rest, especially for the first 24 to 48 hours after injury. This is not the same as bed rest. People can be physically active, as long as they are not taxing their their brains.