Current and emerging rehabilitation for concussion: a review of the evidence

Clin Sports Med. 2015 Apr;34(2):213-31. doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2014.12.005. Epub 2015 Jan 24.


Concussion is one of the most hotly debated topics in sports medicine today. Research surrounding concussion has experienced significant growth recently, especially in the areas of incidence, assessment, and recovery. However, there is limited research on the most effective rehabilitation approaches for this injury. This review evaluates the current literature for evidence for and against physical and cognitive rest and the emerging areas targeting vestibular, oculomotor, and pharmacologic interventions for the rehabilitation of sport-related concussion.

Keywords: Cognitive rest; Concussion; Pharmacologic interventions; Physical rest; Vestibular rehabilitation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / drug therapy
  • Athletic Injuries / physiopathology
  • Athletic Injuries / rehabilitation*
  • Brain Concussion / drug therapy
  • Brain Concussion / physiopathology
  • Brain Concussion / rehabilitation*
  • Cognition
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Oculomotor Nerve Diseases / etiology
  • Oculomotor Nerve Diseases / rehabilitation
  • Recovery of Function
  • Rest
  • Vestibular Diseases / etiology
  • Vestibular Diseases / rehabilitation