What Cognitive Rest Really Means
Cognitive rest after a brain injury for kids means a break from sports and intense school work. It also means no tweeting, texting, internet, cell phone ...
Cognitive rest in high school means a lot of things, including no tweeting, no texting, no Internet. This is part of our protocol management when we do see people in our clinic that when we recommend to alleviate their symptoms, whether they're having headaches or they're dizzy or they're still feeling nauseous or they're just sort of not feeling themselves or they're really fatigued, the recommendations we make is of course no practice, no contact sports, no exertion until these symptoms are gone. And part of that is also no texting, no tweeting, no Internet. These are the things that you have to do today because these are all very distractible and also very highly stimulating. I think the whole cognitive rest thing is just to shut down, just to give the thinking, the brain, the decision making, the information processing, the stress a break, because a lot of this causes the headache. And a lot of this is muscular headache. We do see vascular headaches, but a lot of the time we're treating the headaches. And there's different ways to do that. The neurologist I work with also uses blocks. We use a lot of blocks. We have a protocol where if we ask the athlete if they've been having really bad headaches for the week or 2 weeks and they just feel that these headaches can't go away, sometimes he'll block the back of their neck, sometimes above the temporalis muscle above their eyebrow because this is where they get the constriction. And so this will relax the muscle.
Posted on BrainLine June 28, 2012.
Produced by Brian King and Vicky Youcha, BrainLine.
Gillian Hotz, PhD is the director of the KiDZ Neuroscience Center and the Concussion, WalkSafe™ & BikeSafe™ Programs in the Department of Neurosurgery & The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.