(LATIMES) — Teen athletes with concussions should skip their homework.

It’s true, researchers say. Parents should have their concussed kids lay off high-level mental activity including homework and reading. But no video games or texting either! Restricting such activities could help kids with head injuries heal as much as five times faster.

Teenagers who continue intense cognitive activity may take more than three months to recover from symptoms. Those who take a break from all the stimulation? Twenty to 50 days, CBC News notes in a report on the study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics.

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