B.S. (Bachelor of Science)
Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KNPE)
This project was a systematic review exploring exercise interventions for individuals who sustain a concussion. While it has been suggested for many years that people with concussions should avoid physical and mental activity, there have been many findings and studies that indicated exercise training can reduce symptoms and improve function for those experiencing persistent post-concussion symptoms. Aerobic exercise represents a potentially useful and clinically pragmatic rehabilitation technique if done in a safe and controlled manner as guided by a trained clinician, such as, a physical therapist. There are specific exercise interventions that are discussed below to find which intervention is the most effective. This review will provide a summary of various evidence-based interventions and identify the outcomes of each. These interventions include sub-symptom threshold aerobic exercise, Get Going After Concussion (GAIN) Intervention, and Vestibular Treatment in Concussion. The data was consistent in that exercise interventions showed improvements in time to recovery and reduction of post-concussion symptoms in patients who have suffered from a concussion.
Altergott, Anna, "The Effectiveness of Physical Therapy Exercise Interventions for Concussions" (2023). Honors Capstones. 1478.