Most Sports-Related Concussions Occur in Head-to-Head CollisionsWritten by Laura Miller | December 01, 2010
Researchers found that 76 percent of concussions occur when an athlete collides with another player, and 53 percent of the time these are head-to-head collisions, according to a Children's Hospital Boston news release.
The study examined the type of contact that leads to concussions and the symptoms athletes are most likely to experience. Each year, an estimated 136,000 sports-related concussions occur among high school athletes in the United States, according to the research.
Computerized neuropsychological testing was used to evaluate 26 percent of the injured athletes and tested athletes were less likely to return to play within a week of their injury. A majority, 57 percent, of injured football players were less likely to have had computerized neuropsychological testing conducted after they were injured than athletes in other sports.
The research also found the following:
• 94 percent of concussed athletes experience headaches
• 75 percent of concussed athletes experience dizziness or unsteadiness
• 57 percent of concussed athletes experience difficulty concentrating
• 46 percent of concussed athletes experience confusion or disorientation
• 25 percent of concussed athletes experience amnesia
• 83 percent of concussion symptoms were resolved within one week
• 27 percent of concussion symptoms were resolved within 24 hours
• 2 percent of athletes experienced concussion symptoms for more than one month
Read the Children's Hospital Boston release on sports-related concussions.
Read other coverage on concussions:
- Pennsylvania Implements BrainSTEPS Concussion Recovery for Students
- Youth Sports Increasingly Requiring Physician's Notes After Concussions for Return –to-Play
- American Academy of Neurosurgery: 5 Recommendations on Sports Concussions
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