Sumary of Limiting screen time for young adults after concussion results in shorter duration of symptoms:
- ‘A clinical trial of 125 young adults shows that those who limited screen time for 48 hours immediately after suffering a concussion had a significantly shorter duration of symptoms than those who were permitted screen time.
- These findings, published in JAMA Pediatrics, offer the first clinical evidence that restricting time spent at a computer, television or phone screen in the acute period following a concussion can reduce the duration of symptoms.
- The study supports preliminary clinical recommendations to limit screen time.
- In 2017, 15 percent of high schoolers had reported being diagnosed at least once with a concussion.
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the International Concussion in Sports Group recommend a period of complete cognitive and physical rest for 24 to 48 hours following a concussion diagnosis.
- ” The average American teen spends as much as seven hours a day in front of a screen, not including time spent doing schoolwork, and many clinicians caution against screen time following a concussion, said Dr. Macnow.
- Other clinicians, however, believe limited screen time, so long as it doesn’t induce symptoms, is permittable as one of the few forms of safe distraction during this time.
- “We’re still learning how to treat concussions and there are no clear recommendations regarding screen time,” said Macnow.