Swimming and Diving with a concussion

Swimming and Diving with a concussion

During concussion recovery, your provider will likely recommend altering some of your normal activities. While recovering it is very important to not do any activity with a high risk of hitting your head again, as this could worsen your injury. Recent concussion guidelines encourage children and adolescents to rest initially, but then start being active and doing their normal routine with some minor modifications. In the summer time this will likely include swimming activities.

Things to consider before going swimming after a concussion:

If your child is on the swim team or swims competitively talk with your provider before returning to practice or competition.

Your child should not dive into a pool after a concussion until cleared by their provider.

With any activity after a concussion it is important to stop and rest if it worsens symptoms. Once symptoms improve it is okay to try an activity again, stopping if it worsens symptoms.

Author
Emily and Meredith CPNP's at SportsSafe

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