Study Shows Teen Athletes Continue to Play with Concussion Symptoms
Study shows that 50% of high school football players would continue to play if they had a headache stemming from an injury sustained on the field.
Physicians from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center reported that about 50% of athletes wouldn't report concussion symptoms to a coach.
"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."
Cincinnati Children's physicians surveyed 120 high school football players:
- 30 reported having suffered a concussion,
- 82 reported receiving prior concussion education.
The vast majority of teen athletes acknowledged headaches, dizziness, difficulty with memory, difficulty concentrating, and sensitivity to light and sound are concussion symptoms. More than 90 percent recognized the risk of serious injury if they returned to play too quickly.
- 53 % said they would "always or sometimes continue to play even with a headache sustained from an injury,
- 54% indicated they would "always or sometimes report symptoms of a concussion to their coach.
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.
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SOURCE Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center