Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Damage from Concussions Could Last Up To Four Months, Study Finds

From Children's Safety Network
The dangers of getting a concussion while playing sports has dominated the headlines over the past few weeks. First, several former NFL players admitted they had been diagnosed with CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), a progressive neurological disease thought to result from taking chronic hits to the head, including concussions. Days later, ESPN reported that between 2010 to 2012, Pop Warner youth football saw 23,612 kids stop participating, likely due to the mounting concerns that the sport leads to harmful concussions.
A new study from Neurology suggests that the damage incurred from a concussion takes longer to heal than expected -- a full four months in some cases. Though the study was small and is only preliminary, the results may have implications for how soon players are able to return to play after suffering a tough hit.

Click here for the news story from Huffington Post
Click here for the abstract from Neurology