Navigation Links
Study raises concerns that teen athletes continue to play with concussion symptoms
Date:5/5/2013

Despite knowing the risk of serious injury from playing football with a concussion, half of high school football players would continue to play if they had a headache stemming from an injury sustained on the field.

In a new study, physicians from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center also report that approximately half of athletes wouldn't report concussion symptoms to a coach.

The study will be presented May 6 at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in Washington, DC.

"We aren't yet at the point where we can make specific policy recommendations for sports teams, but this study raises concerns that young athletes may not report symptoms of concussions," says Brit Anderson, MD, an emergency medicine fellow at Cincinnati Children's and the study's lead author. "Other approaches, such as an increased use of sideline screening by coaches or athletic trainers, might be needed to identify injured athletes."

Dr. Anderson and colleagues at Cincinnati Children's surveyed 120 high school football players. Thirty reported having suffered a concussion, and 82 reported receiving prior concussion education. The vast majority of athletes recognized headaches, dizziness, difficulty with memory, difficulty concentrating, and sensitivity to light and sound as concussion symptoms. More than 90 percent recognized the risk of serious injury if they returned to play too quickly.

Despite these high levels of awareness, 53 percent responded that they would "always or sometimes continue to play with a headache sustained from an injury," and only 54 percent indicated they would "always or sometimes report symptoms of a concussion to their coach."

"Further study on concussion education in adolescent athletes and on ways to identify high school athletes who have sustained a concussion would be useful," says Dr. Anderson.

It is estimated that up to 3.8 million recreation- and sport-related concussions occur in the United States annually. Concussions represent an estimated 8.9 percent of all high school athletic injuries.

In 2009, the state of Washington passed the first comprehensive law regarding concussion management in young athletes. This law requires school boards, in conjunction with the state interscholastic activity association, to develop educational materials and guidelines for athletes, coaches, and parents. The law also requires that parents and athletes sign an informed-consent form acknowledging the dangers of concussions before participation in sports. Under the law, an athlete must be removed from any game if suspected of having a concussion and may not return until evaluated and given clearance to return to play from a licensed health care professional. Many other states have subsequently either passed or are considering similar legislation.


'/>"/>

Contact: Jim Feuer
jim.feuer@cchmc.org
513-636-4656
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Omega-3s No Help Against Age-Linked Eye Trouble: Study
2. Study evaluates effect of different supplements on reducing risk of progression to advanced AMD
3. Protein complex may play role in preventing many forms of cancer, Stanford study shows
4. Most Docs Dont Follow ADHD Treatment Guidelines for Preschoolers: Study
5. Death Rate Dropping for Children on Dialysis: Study
6. Study adds to evidence that cigarettes are gateway to marijuana
7. Low-Dose Pill Linked to Pain During Orgasm, Study Finds
8. No Need to Toss Your Childs Toothbrush After Strep Throat, Study Suggests
9. DrugRisk Update: New Study Warns of Cancer in Byetta Side Effects
10. Preordered School Lunches May Be Healthier, Study Finds
11. American Brain Tumor Association-Funded Study Explores Survivorship Challenges
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... , ... The president released a FY 2017 budget request on Tuesday that ... the cost burden to military beneficiaries. , MOAA’s president, retired Air Force Lt. ... including limited quantifiable benefit fixes mixed with numerous beneficiary fee hikes. , “We were ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... 2016 , ... The Chartis Group, a national advisory services ... the “2015/2016 Best in KLAS: Software and Services” report in two categories: IT ... insights firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by amplifying the ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 11, 2016 , ... ... to reverse diabetes has been gearing up for their simultaneous grand openings in ... It’s about right now that you’re probably wondering, is reversing diabetes possible? According ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 11, 2016 , ... ... advocates will discuss how to improve care by making data on heart procedures ... disease. The Summit on Transparency and Public Reporting of Pediatric and Congenital Heart ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... Thermi™, a world leader ... to announce the promotions of Allison Kelly to executive vice president of the ... vice president of North American capital sales, and Wendy Oseas to vice president ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/11/2016)... , Feb. 11, 2016 Potrero Medical, Inc., ... pleased to announce the appointment of George M. Rapier, ... San Antonio, TX , WellMed is one of ... 200,000 patients and HMO members in Texas ... in 1990 out of his own internal medicine practice, he ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... , Feb. 11, 2016  NOIT™ Research LLC, a ... "Gift of Change" campaign to assist needy families in ... such unit sold between February 10, 2016 and March ... a needy family. The NOIT is an auditory stimulus ... individuals develop language skills. Beth Shier ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... , Feb. 11, 2016  MiMedx Group, Inc. ... utilizing human amniotic membrane and other birth tissues, human ... to develop and market advanced products and therapies, announced ... Markets, 2016 Global Healthcare Conference in New ... and CEO, Michael J. Senken , Chief Financial ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: