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New Recommendations for Concussion Care

Illustration by Robert Wilder, BFA ’02


An international panel of experts, including UB Professor of Orthopaedics John Leddy (MD ’85), recently updated the clinical guidelines for sport-related concussion. The biggest change, in a nutshell: Prolonged rest is out, guided activity is in. Says Leddy, who first proposed this idea a decade ago: “After two days of complete rest, if your symptoms have stabilized and you are starting to feel better, then it is OK to start to gradually do life activities and get your heart rate up a little.” Below is a summary of the guidelines, called The 11 R’s.