We have seen that Omalu and others in the field have been saying one or two weeks may be not enough to “calm down” the effects of a concussion. What was pointed out by our friend Matt Chaney is that some of the “heavy hitters” had not followed the same plan. That was until now, as Chris Nowinski of the Sports Legacy Institute said this during an interview on the Dennis & Callahan show of WEEI;
Nowinski said it makes no sense to rush an athlete back after a concussion. “Science is starting to show that you almost can’t be too sensitive to this issue,” he said. “While guys are coming back from concussions in a few days or maybe a week or two, some studies are showing that the changes in the brain — that really expose the brain to another hit will cause more damage, this window of vulnerability — is really a lot longer than a few days. And some people might be 30 days or even 60 days. The reality is, maybe if you don’t want to make a concussion worse, no one should be back within a month. The science is starting to point in that direction, but it will be a while before we can confirm that.”
This is a very positive trend, one that I have been hammering into the coaches and players at the school I work at. Simply there is no need to rush anything when it pertains to the brain. There will always be the outliers that can recover in the two-week time frame, but research is showing that 30-60 days is more likely for full recovery.
Before everyone starts to fly off the handle, just think of the ACL or rotator cuff injury and surgical recovery, those to take a long time before they can be stressed and tested in practice and on the field.
To this author and others out there this is wonderful news that the “big dogs” are starting to trend toward more conservative approaches.