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Sleep, rest, active rehab are key for children to recover from concussions

Reducing stress can contribute to a timely recovery, says expert from the MU Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders The views and opinions expressed in this “for expert comment” release are based on research and/or opinions of the researcher(s) and/or faculty member(s) and do not reflect the University’s official stance. COLUMBIA, Mo. – School is out for most children and with summer comes baseball, football, soccer and other extracurricular activities. While participation in team sports offers many benefits for children, there also is a major concern for parents: the risk of concussions. When a child experiences a blow to the head, concussion symptoms might include abnormal behavior, confusion, dizziness or nausea. A common myth about concussion recovery is that a child with a concussion should not sleep through that first night because they might slip into a coma or lose consciousness. Michael Mohrland, pediatric neuropsychologist at the University of Missouri,...

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