The current sports concussion international consensus statement indicates the “cornerstone of concussion management” is physical and cognitive rest until the acute symptoms resolve. Multiple anecdotal reports indicate this has been interpreted to suggest “cocoon” therapy whereby the patient is substantially restricted from physical activity and reduces cognitive activity (e.g., text messaging, computer usage, etc). However, emerging literature over the last couple of years has raised considerable doubts about the efficacy of this rest protocol. Thus, the purpose of this presentation is 1) to review the existing recommendations on cognitive and physical rest, 2) explore the emerging research findings on the role of rest and recovery, and 3) provide potential clinical recommendations for incorporating rest in the concussion recovery process.
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