The early treatment for a concussion is rest, both for your body and your brain. You will need to stop any sports or school until the doctor gives you the OK to return to these activities. Athletes should not return to sports until cleared by their doctor. During recovery, it is important to remember to drink fluids throughout the day, eat balanced meals, keep a consistent sleep schedule, and avoid screen time (cell phone, computer, watching TV). Keep the use of headache medicine (like ibuprofen or acetaminophen) to a minimum since these medicines can make your symptoms worse.
Once your doctor feels it is safe to begin adding more activity to your schedule, they will give you a return-to-play protocol. Generally, there are six stages in the return-to-play protocol, with each stage taking roughly 24 hours. It is important for athletes to follow this schedule as they begin to resume their sport activities.