A concussion is considered as a serious brain injury and can lead to lasting health issues or even death if not properly taken care of. If the individual wants to resume weight training exercise after sustaining a concussion, exercise must be done carefully.
What to do before lifting
If an individual sustained a concussion, it is vital to set an appointment with a doctor so that neuropsychological testing can be carried out. Even if the individual will not discern instant or remaining symptoms, the doctor will conclude the degree of injury and guarantee that no serious impairment occurred.
A doctor should be consulted even if the individual does not engage in any sports activities such as weight training. This is vital if the individual experiences nausea, headaches, dizziness or blurry vision at any point after the initial injury.
When to resume weight training after a concussion?
It is not recommended to resume any form of weight training while the symptoms are still present even if they have subsided evidently. If the individual continues to experience any symptoms, the brain requires time to heal and engaging in strenuous activity will hinder the healing process or result to further injury.
Always follow the instructions given by the doctor. If the doctor determines that weight training must be avoided for 30 days and the symptoms subside after only 10 days, the individual should wait until the full 30 days.
What to do if the symptoms return?
Even if the injury has fully healed, it is vital to be prepared since the symptoms might return if the individual engages in strenuous activity. In case the strenuous activity in weight training triggers the return of the symptoms, it is vital to stop training and allow the body more time to heal. If the problem persists every time the individual resumes training, a doctor should be consulted.
Start a steady pace
Even if the individual that his/her injury has fully healed, he/she should not assume that he/she can resume with weight training with the same strength before the injury. It is recommended to start with light weights and steadily build up to heavier resistance.
Start with short training sessions and increase the length of time and amount of resistance while finishing the training sessions without experiencing any recurring symptoms.