up, young athletes.
through the pain of a concussion doubles your recovery time.
It also could lead to more severe symptoms, according to new
research from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centers
findings, published in the journal Pediatrics, provide hard
evidence to support what many medical experts have been
preaching to coaches, parents and young athletes for years:
when in doubt, sit it out.
small study, scientists compared two groups of athletes
between the ages of 12 and 19 who were treated for concussion
symptoms at the Pittsburgh clinic. They played a variety of
sports, including soccer, hockey, football.
group of 35 athletes stopped playing immediately after their
concussion. The other group was allowed to keep playing for
about 20 minutes. Those who sat on the bench healed faster.
They took 22 days to recover, while the athletes who stayed in
the game needed 44 days.
the players in the group that continued to play experienced
worse symptoms, the study found.
increases in education and awareness, many athletes continue
to play with signs and symptoms of a sport-related
concussion," the researchers wrote. "Immediate
removal from play is the first step in mitigating prolonged
[sports-related concussion] recovery."
concussion is a disturbance in brain function that occurs
either from a blow to the head or as a result of the violent
shaking of the head, according to a University of Pittsburgh
signs coaches should watch for include:
Appears to be dazed or stunned.
confused about assignment.
unsure of game, score or opponent.
Answers questions slowly
Loses consciousness (even temporarily).
Shows behavior or personality change.
Forgets events prior to hit (retrograde amnesia).
Forgets events after hit (anterograde amnesia).