Travelling with a concussion

Injuries don't happen at the ideal time.  A concussion can put a serious hiccup in your summer travel plans - but you don't necessarily need to cancel everything.

Over the past few months, a handful of our patients who are recovering from concussions were able to successfully travel to see their families, enjoy a vacation and embark on some fun adventures.  


Can I travel after a concussion? 

Concussion Program, Integrated Health Clinic

If you're considering traveling within a few weeks (or months) of your concussion injury - check with your doctor for advice. 

Some doctors will advise that you do not do long-haul travel (by plane, car, bus or train) within the first few days or weeks after injury.  It's not that these forms of travel are dangerous - but they can definitely make your symptoms feel worse. 

There's no evidence to say that flying or traveling will cause you any harm, but managing your symptoms on a trip can be a bit more difficult.  You should consider adjusting your trip to fit with what you can tolerate.  Some examples are taking more rest, doing less walking or exercise, doing fewer outings, and generally pacing yourself.  

Getting away from your usual environment and getting some exposure to new things can help you heal.  Just make sure you take it slow.

What are the benefits of travelling after an injury?

Being stuck at home and feeling unwell is not fun.  Often, going on a trip or vacation can be a very healthy experience.  Getting away from your usual environment and getting some exposure to new things can help you heal.  Just make sure you take it slow.

Concussion Program, Occupational Therapy

What are some tips for travel?

Based on our clients' experiences, we've put together a helpful list of travel tips and tricks on our concussion website.

The key things are to plan ahead and ask for more help than you need.  Airlines (and other travel services) are happy to help.  You can often get special treatment through security and boarding if you let them know your situation.

If you're feeling uncomfortable asking for help, remember that it's better to disclose your situation and get help rather than be pulled aside for additional screening because you're acting weird.

If you have questions about travelling or want more help - let us know!