Continuing to Play Sports Despite a Concussion

Continuing to play sports despite a concussion may double recovery time for teen athletes

The AP (8/29, Tanner) reports, “Continuing to play despite a concussion doubles recovery time for teen athletes and leads to worse short-term mental function than in those immediately removed from action,” researchers reported. The findings of the 69-teen study were published online in Pediatrics.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (8/29, Bloom) points out that even though “a study published in April used medical records to study the effect of delayed reporting and removal from activity on concussion recovery, this is the first study to use clinical data to study that issue.” In addition, the findings support “‘removal from play status’ as a predictor of protracted recoveries – ones that take at least 21 days.” Removal from play “was a stronger predictor of such lengthy recoveries than previously known factors such as sex and age, according to the research.”