Appropriate care of a concussion will help you get back on the field. Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine has provided some simple "do's" and "don'ts" while caring for your concussion. Please remember that these are guidelines that do not replace the instruction you receive from your physician.

Things you may do:

  • Take acetaminophen (Tylenol) for your headaches**
  • Use an ice pack on the head and neck area as needed for comfort
  • Limit food intake
  • Sleep
  • Rest and refrain from strenuous activity and sports
  • Listen to your body and ease back into normal everyday activities
  • Inform your school and teachers of your concussion and ask your doctor about academic accommodations for your concussion
  • Follow-up with the school's athletic trainer
  • Get physician-clearance before you return to athletics
  • Take an online assessment to assess your neurocognitive state and provide safe return-to-play timelines
  • Slowly and gradually return to activity after your physician has cleared you

** You should not take any medication without consulting your physician first.

Things you should not do:

  • Take ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen or other non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medications
  • Drink alcohol
  • Drive when you have symptoms of a concussion
  • Exercise or lift weights
  • Use a computer or send text messages
  • Watch television for long periods of time
  • Listen to loud music or conversations
  • Attend dances, parties, music concerts and sporting events where there is loud noises and light stimulation
  • Take hot baths
  • Engage in heated or emotional discussions

The 3 "R"s of Concussion Management

  • Remove players with concussion symptoms from athletics and competitive sports
  • Restrict athletes from competition until symptoms completely resolve
  • Return to play gradually when you are without symptoms
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