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Concussion Clinic - Limiting Triggers

Strategies to help you limit triggers following a concussion

Trigger- symptoms increase or symptom onset caused by: Strategy/tips
Light Sunglasses (even inside), hats, dim lights, pull shades, be careful when transitioning from dark to light rooms, dim electronic devices.
Noise/Music Use ear plugs and adjust volume control on devices.  Avoid loud music.
Studying/reading Note the time when the onset of symptoms occurs and plan on taking a break prior to that cutoff time in the next study session.  Take breaks when needed.  Listen to the symptoms and don't push through them.
Television Limit time. More "intense" shows may be more difficult to watch. Monitor the intensity of light and volume.
Cell phones May talk on the phone, but limit or avoid texting, social media and games.
Video games Significantly limit use during the cognitive rest phase.
Note taking Monitor neck position. Avoid multitasking. Record lectures. Ask for pre-printed presentations so writing is kept to a minimum. Ask a friend, colleague or teammate to take notes for you.
Computer/Electronic device work Keep to a minimum. The screen light, typing, reading, and focusing can all worsen symptoms. Take frequent breaks.
Neck pain Neck position may cause symptoms. Try to keep "good posture." Raise computer screen or reading material to eye level. Massage. Treat with topical medications or ice. Medications prior to bedtime may help neck discomfort while sleeping.
Physical activity Any activity that increases your heart rate may reproduce symptoms of your concussion. Avoid increasing your heart rate. Rest as needed.

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