Redskins Giving RGIII Time, Which is Well Spent

After an initial hiccup allowing Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (RGIII) to return to play after suffering a potential concussion, now they are giving him more time to heal.

Since the injury, the team officials have given RGIII three weeks or so to recover. While the media and fans await his return to the field, I applaud the organization and RGIII for being patient. I believe it will be time well-spent.

There's really no advantage to returning to play too early. The team may or may not win. But the brain may be at tremendous risk.

We don't give the brain enough credit. It is afterall, the most important organ in our body, responsible for virtually every function. The brain is not a side-dish or condiment to the main course. It's the chef.

After suffering a concussion, the brain goes into retreat. Too much stimuli can delay or prevent proper healing. Rest is the key. I use the term "relative rest," which refers to a progressive-exertion protocol that I put recovering concussed athletes on. Of course, it's folded into the XLNTbrain Sportâ„¢ program.

However, the important part of "relative rest" is to monitor the symptoms closely. If any symptoms persist, then go back to step one of the recovery protocol. This is why RGIII is still in the protocol.

So, while RGIII is resting his brain, his future is getting bright. The better the brain, the more yards he'll gain -- which will be time will spent.

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By Harry Kerasidis, MD - neurologist, co-founder of XLNTbrain LLC and author of "Concussionology: Redefining Sports Concussion Management for All Levels," which comes out next week.