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Baseline Testing May Aid in Concussion Assessment of Athletes
Date:12/30/2008

Study finds athletes likely to experience concussion-linked symptoms well after initial injury.

Rosemont, IL (Vocus) December 30, 2008 -- Testing for concussion symptoms before athletic participation may help clinicians better evaluate concussion issues after an injury, according to a study published in the January/February issue of Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach.

"Understanding commonly reported concussion symptoms and performing a baseline test of all athletes may allow clinicians to more accurately interpret symptoms that present after an injury," says one of the study's authors Kevin M. Guskiewicz, PhD, ATC, Professor and Director of the Center for Study of Retired Athletes at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The cross-sectional study evaluated self-reported symptom checklists and concussion history questionnaires completed during preseason clinical testing by more than 8,900 high school and college athletes at 130 high schools and colleges from around the country. Results indicated that nine concussion-linked symptoms were reported by at least 10 percent of those tested, with the symptoms being more prevalent in those who had suffered at least one concussion. Additionally, at least 25 percent of those who had three or more concussions, reported a presence of at least half the concussion-linked symptoms.

Guskiewicz and his colleagues hope their study sheds light on a concussion's impact on athletic and academic performance. "Our data suggest that athletes with a history of concussion experience prolonged concussion-linked symptoms, such as headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, insomnia, numbness and trouble concentrating and remembering on a regular basis. When a student is having difficulty co
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