\nWhen gold medalist Amanda Kessel was first diagnosed with a concussion, her recovery meant sitting in a dark room and waiting for her throbbing headaches and nausea to subside. Kessel, a world-renowned ice hockey player, suffered a concussion that kept her benched from the game she loved for nearly two years. Like many athletes first diagnosed with concussion, Kessel\u2019s initial treatment plan included rest and inactivity.\nBut one year after her injury, Amanda became frustrated that her condition wasn\u2019t improving\u2014she still experienced headaches, nausea, and loss of appetite.\n\u201cI was still getting dizzy spells and fogginess. Just really feeling out of it,\u201d Kessel said. \u201cI didn\u2019t know how to get out of it and had very little hope I ever would.\u201d\n\n\n\n\n \nThat\u2019s when she sought the care of the Michael \u201cMicky\u201d Collins, PhD, clinical and executive director of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program. There, her care team enlisted her in an individualized treatment program that included vestibular and exertional physical therapy.\nAfter remaining committed to her treatment protocol, Amanda\u2019s debilitating headaches soon begin to decline. She laced up her hockey and returned to competition in.\n\u201cI didn\u2019t think [when I arrived at UPMC] that I would be getting on a treadmill and running, and doing all this exertion therapy, which ended up being a key part of my recovery.\u201d\n\n\n\n\n \nFind out more about Amanda’s Story at the ReThink Concussions website.\n \r\n \r\n\t Sign for the UPMC Sports Medicine newsletter \r\n \r\n Enter your email to subscribe\r\n \r\n \r\n\t \r\n Subscribe \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n I understand that by providing my email address, I agree to receive emails from UPMC. I understand that I may opt out of receiving such communications at any time.