Do not drive for a minimum of 24 hours following a mild head injury. If there are post concussion symptoms (see Mild Head Injury Advice handout) or complications that result in a loss or slowing of skills (as listed above, do not drive until symptoms have resolved AND you have been medically cleared by a doctor.
When can I Drive after a concussion?
- Driving & air travel after concussion. Driving. A brain injury can affect the skills needed to drive safely. It is unsafe to drive for at least 24 hours after your injury.
How long should you wait to drive after a mild concussion?
Driving an automobile has inherent danger, and driving after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI)/sports-related concussion (SRC) can make this task even more hazardous. There is evidence to suggest that restriction from driving for the first 24 to 48 h after mTBI/SRC is probably reasonable.
Can you drive with concussion?
A concussion is a form of impairment. Driving while impaired, no matter the cause, can increase your child’s risk of a motor vehicle crash. Just like the brain needs to heal before returning to school and sports, the brain needs to heal before getting back to driving.
How long after a concussion are you safe?
In most cases, concussion recovery takes about 7 to 10 days. However, if you don’t get enough rest or follow your doctor’s recommendations, recovery may take a bit longer.
How long after a concussion can you watch TV?
Even though games, texting, and watching TV seem simple, your brain has to work to keep track of what’s happening on the screen. That’s why you need to take a break from them after a concussion. For how long? About 7-10 days, in most cases.
How long does a mild concussion last?
In general, symptoms of a concussion should resolve in two weeks. Some people have symptoms for longer — up to three months. Concussive symptoms typically resolve in 7 to 10 days (sports-related concussions) or within 3 months (non-athletes) (Epps and Allen, 2017).
How serious is a mild concussion?
Concussions can also occur from a fall or a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly back and forth. Doctors may describe these injuries as “mild” because concussions are usually not life-threatening. Even so, their effects can be serious.
How can I tell if a head injury is mild or severe?
Signs may not appear for days or weeks after the injury. Some symptoms last for just seconds; others may linger.
Signs of traumatic brain injury include:
- Confusion or feeling dazed.
- Slurred speech.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Balance problems or dizziness.
- Blurred vision.
- Sensitivity to light.
What should you not do with a concussion?
Rest (for 1–2 days after the concussion)
- Relax at home.
- Avoid or cut down on screen time.
- Don’t drive.
- Avoid all sports and any activities (such as roughhousing with friends, or riding a bike or skateboard) that could lead to another head injury.
What happens if a concussion goes untreated?
A: Concussion left untreated can lead to long-term complications. Potential complications of a concussion include chronic headaches, memory problems, vertigo, and post-concussion syndrome, which is headaches, dizziness, mood swings, and brain fog that can continue for months or years after a concussion.
Do you ever fully recover from a concussion?
While most people with a concussion recover quickly and fully, some will have symptoms that last for days or even weeks. A more serious concussion can last for months or longer. Do not compare your concussion symptoms and recovery to that of someone else or even to any previous concussions you may have sustained.
How do you know your concussion is gone?
A doctor will consider you healed when:
- You have no more symptoms.
- You regain all your memory and concentration.
- You have no symptoms after jogging, sprinting, sit-ups, or push-ups.
Can you walk after a concussion?
Do not undertake physically demanding activities. Do not vacuum, go to the gym, go for a walk, or practice sports activities until your healthcare provider gives you permission to do so. Do not drive, ride a bike, or participate in other high-speed activities or sports. Avoid multitasking.
Is it OK to watch TV with a mild concussion?
Reading, computer work, playing video games, texting and watching TV can overstimulate your brain, says Dr. Figler. It’s OK to try these activities, but if symptoms occur, you should stop, rest and recover before returning to them.
How does screen time affect concussion?
In any case, there’s no research to indicate that looking at screens is inherently harmful after a concussion — though in some cases staring at the TV or computer could make post-concussion headaches worse.