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Multiple Concussions Raise Teen Athletes' Health Risks

  • Jim Liebelt
    Jim is Senior Writer, Editor and Researcher for the HomeWord Center for Youth and Family at Azusa Pacific University. Jim has over 25 years of experience as a youth and family ministry specialist, and has been on the HomeWord staff since 1998. He has served over the years as a pastor, author, youth ministry trainer, adjunct college instructor and speaker. Jim’s culture blog and parenting articles appear on HomeWord.com. Jim is a contributing author of culture and parenting articles to Crosswalk.com. Jim and his wife Jenny live in Olympia, WA.
  • 2011 Jan 31
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High school athletes who have suffered two or more concussions may already have early symptoms of 'post-concussion syndrome,' according to a new study.

Not surprisingly, rates of concussion-related symptoms were higher among athletes with previous concussions, but the finding was particularly true for those with two or more concussions.

When the investigators adjusted for other factors, they found that compared with athletes with either no concussion history or one previous concussion, athletes with two or more previous concussions were more likely to have a cluster of the following three types of symptoms:

• Intellectual symptoms, also called cognitive symptoms, such as memory problems or feeling "mentally foggy."
• Physical symptoms, including headaches and problems with balance or feeling dizzy.
• Sleep symptoms, which could mean sleeping either more or less than they normally would.

Among all three groups of athletes, no differences were noted in terms of emotional symptoms, such as irritability or sadness.

The study was released online in advance of publication in an upcoming print issue of the journal Neurosurgery.

Source: U.S. News & World Report
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2011/01/29/multiple-concussions-raise-teen-athletes-health-risks