It’s important for all athletes to be completely recovered from a concussion before they return to sports. To ensure this, concussed individuals should be evaluated by a physician who is experienced in concussion management, and can help them follow a graded return-to-play progression.

A graded return-to-play is a gradual increase in exercise level until a full return to sports. Monitored by a medical professional, this approach to concussion rehabilitation helps athletes get back in motion without putting themselves at risk for re-injury.

Younger athletes often require more conservative concussion treatment and thus more time to recover.