I am frequently instructing parents to keep their son/daughter on “Brain Rest” following a concussion (also known as “mild traumatic brain injury”). “Brain Rest” is critical and can prevent/ reduce serious and harmful long-term effects. Too often, this recommendation is met with resistance, denial and reservation.
My 15 year-old, Adam, suffered a blow to his head during basketball practice this week. Symptoms of concussion surfaced immediately.
I proceeded to explain what “Brain Rest” involves:
- no school
- no homework
- no physical exercise
- no computer use or Facebook
- no XBOX
- no text messages
I knew that I was asking a great deal from Adam. In essence, I was depriving him of everything that matters to him right now in his world. My son, like a normal teenager, is a product of a generation that is constantly bombarded with external stimulation and is never apart from his iPhone. He does not want to be cut off from his friends and his sports.
The first few days were hard. Adam does not know what to do without his phone, friends or Xbox.
I get 20 phone calls the first day:
- When will I get better?
- I’m sick and tired of this!
- I feel better now!