Concussions are highly prevalent injuries in both youth and adult sports and can severely impact daily functions by impairing mental and physical health. Existing treatments, such as resting, have been found to be ineffective in promoting a faster recovery. They often lead to a decline in mental health, which can exacerbate ongoing symptoms. However, aerobic exercise is an emerging field that has the potential to make concussion recovery more effective. This literature review will explore the effectiveness of aerobic exercise on faster recovery rates, return to play, and its impact at the cellular level for concussion patients. In addition, it will address in detail why treatment plans vary from patient to patient and analyze commonly prescribed exercises. This review also introduces vestibular rehabilitation, an emerging type of exercise therapy that can improve common symptoms of concussions, such as balance and dizziness. Future studies in this upcoming field of treatment could investigate if a specific frequency, intensity, and duration unique to a patient’s prescribed exercise treatment is more efficient for recovery. Additional research could focus on individual populations to examine if age and level of activity prior to injury influences post- concussion recovery.

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