Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)


Physician Assistant Studies

First Advisor

Mindy Staveteig


Concussion; Post-concussion syndrome; Physical therapy; Vestibular rehabilitation; Exertional therapy; Cognitive behavioral therapy


The purpose of this research and literature review is to evaluate the recently completed literature to provide guidance to medical providers of the safest and most efficacious treatment options for adolescent patients with concussion and post-concussion syndrome. The literature was searched for studies directly related to adolescents and active therapies such as physical therapy, vestibular rehabilitation, exertional therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy. The search time frame implemented was studies completed within the last ten years. Ten studies met the final criteria. The research shows a substantial benefit for immediate cognitive and physical rest following a mTBI. The research suggests that 24-48 hours of immediate cognitive and physical rest provides the most benefit for patients. In addition, the research reviewed has shown that earlier implementation of active therapies such as aerobic exercise, physical therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy can benefit patients recovering from a mTBI and those with post-concussion syndrome.