Young athletes who get concussions may recover faster when they’re treated within the first week than when they wait longer to get care, a new study suggests. Researchers examined data on 162 athletes ages 12 to 22who were diagnosed with concussions. Recovery time averaged 57 days, and ranged from 9 to 299 days. Compared with athletes who started treatment within a week, those who didn’t receive care that quickly were over four times more likely to have a recovery that took more than 30 days, the study found.
Earlier treatment may help athletes receive therapy targeted to their specific combination of symptoms, which might include some mix of anxiety, mood swings, sleep difficulties, balance problems, dizziness, vision impairment, attention deficits and cognitive problems.