Frankly Speaking, Live!

This episode was recorded live at Pri-Med East. Per CDC data, approximately 2.5 million Americans present each year to emergency departments with head injuries, and 15% of all high school students report experiencing at least one concussion. Current guidelines recommend physical and cognitive rest for 24-48 hours post-concussion with minimal guidance on screen time parameters. Recent evidence is emerging that supports avoidance of screen time and encouragement of aerobic activity as strategies to shorten and lessen post-concussion symptoms. Join us as we discuss 2 recent studies regarding screen-time and aerobic exercise that add critical information to best practice for reducing post-concussion symptoms.  

Episode references and resource links: 

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  • University at Buffalo. (2021, September 30). Aerobic exercise after a sport-related concussion speeds recovery in adolescent athletes, study suggests: Daily aerobic exercise significantly reduced the risk of prolonged recovery. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 2, 2021 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/09/210930213654.htm
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  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recovery from concussion. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2019. Accessed October 12, 2020. https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/basics/ concussion_recovery.html. 


Learning Objectives

  • Discuss recent findings on the association between specific interventions (aerobic exercise and decreased screen time) and reduction of post-concussion symptoms 
  • Apply evidenced-based strategies to reduce length and severity of post-concussion symptoms 



Frank J. Domino, MD

Professor, Family Medicine and Community Health,
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

Susan Feeney, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C

Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Family Nurse Practitioner Track


The following financial relationships have been disclosed by faculty.

Frank J. Domino, MD

Has disclosed no relevant financial relationships. 

Susan Feeney, DNP, FNP-BC, NP-C

Has disclosed no relevant financial relationships. 


Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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