UK Research: Concussion Study Among High School Athletes

UK Research: Concussion Study Among High School Athletes

It can happen in just about any contact sport, but most concussions will occur in football. And there's new evidence from UK that a concussion can have more than just a physical impact.
Football can be a thrilling game, but it can get tough.

Every year, more than 60,000 high school athletes will have a concussion in the United States, according to a national study by a major pediatric research center.

Two researchers at UK conducted a study; 37 athletes, ages 12 to 17 were involved.

The study found teens who were sensitive to light or noise after a concussion were likely to have emotional symptoms, including irritability, aggression, anxiety, depression, apathy, frequent mood changes or excessive emotional reactions.

"All those symptoms are secondary neurological trauma following a concussion. Meaning that these physical and emotional symptoms are developing at the same time in conjunction," said Lisa Koehl, UK Psychology.

The study also said that most people will recover from a concussion within a week, but for teenage athletes it can take up to seven to ten days longer to recover than older athletes.

Sam Simpson, Head Coach at Henry Clay High School has seen increased knowledge about concussions in the last few years.

"We've been prepared with professional development, doctors giving us clinics. We've been prepared to kind of understand what the symptoms are."

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