Exercise testing in persons with an acute concussion

Does sub-maximal exercise testing impact overall concussion recovery?

Exercise tests, such as using the Buffalo Concussion Treadmill Test (BCTT) are often utilised to find a submaximal level of training in individuals who have suffered a concussion.  

While this information can be helpful, this study investigated whether engaging in such testing procedures quickly after injury delays overall recovery.

It was found that, using a 14-day daily symptom severity score, there was no significant trend towards an increase in time to recovery of symptoms as compared with a control group. This indicates that the BCTT does not impact overall recovery after an acute concussion.


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