An unacceptable number of adolescent athletes are returning to play before fully recovering from concussion. These athletes are at risk of negative outcomes including serious lifelong physical and mental health problems or even death. Given the potentially catastrophic consequences of returning to play before being fully recovered following concussion, there is need to improve education on appropriate return-to-play guidelines and to find ways to ensure these guidelines are being applied. Sports medicine professionals, parents, coaches and sports administrators must work together to ensure proper recovery following concussion.
Concussion Research in the News
- 2010: The Year of the Concussion (pennlive.com)
- New Bill's Focus: Concussions In High School Athletes (Chicago Tribune)
- Concussions Extra Dangerous To Teen Brains (CNN)
- Safety Blitz (Family Circle Magazine)
- States Taking The Lead Addressing Concussions In Youth Sports (New York Times)
- Teen Upbeat After Near-Fatal Football Injury (San Francisco Chronicle)
- Press Release: Concussions May Lead to Lingering Symptoms that Could Impair a Child’s Daily Functioning - March 5, 2012
- PubMed Abstract: Reliable Change in Postconcussive Symptoms and Its Functional Consequences among Children With Mild Traumatic Brain Injury - March 5, 2012
- Press Release: Study Details the Effects of Computerized Neurocognitive Testing for High School Athletes with Concussions - November 30, 2011
- Press Release: New National Study Examines Concussion Management in High School Sports - December 1, 2010
- PubMed Abstract: High School Concussions in the 2008-2009 Academic Year: Mechanism, Symptoms, and Management - December 2010
- Press Release: New Study Shows Long-Term Dangers of Severe Concussions - March 2, 2009
- PubMed Abstract: Hospitalizations for Sport-Related Concussions in US Children aged 5 to 18 Years During 2000-2004 - August 2008.
- Press Release: Player-to-Player Contact Source for High School Soccer Concussions - July 23, 2008