TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Study: Youths don't bounce back after 2nd concussion

Daily Photo Galleries

By USA Today
Sunday, June 9, 2013, 8:54 p.m.
 

Children and young adults take longer to recover from a concussion if they've suffered a previous hit to the head within a year or repeated blows at any time, according to a study published on Monday.

Doctors had assumed it was bad for kids to get multiple knocks on the head, but the new study, from Boston Children's Hospital, is the first to confirm the connection and put a time frame on recovery.

The study found that kids and young adults, 11 to 22, who arrived in the emergency room with a repeat concussion — either within a year, or multiple times over a lifetime — took longer to recover than those with a first concussion. A single previous concussion more than a year earlier did not increase the risk for a longer recovery.

Most kids bounce back from concussions within a few weeks, but some take months, and doctors are trying to understand what makes the difference so they can better treat and protect them.

The study, in the journal Pediatrics, suggests that the effects may last longer than thought — something coaches and parents should consider in deciding when kids should return to the athletic field, said Matthew Eisenberg, a study author and physician at Boston Children's.

“This just adds another little weight to the risk side” when weighing benefits and risks, he says.

Patients without a prior concussion took 12 days on average to recover, while those with several previous concussions took 28 days. Recovery from a second concussion within a year took 35 days. About 60 percent had been injured playing sports. It's not entirely clear whether the recovery is longer because the damage lingers unseen for a long time after a blow, or because someone who has had a concussion is more likely to be aware of symptoms.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Convicted Florida felon kills his 6 grandchildren, daughter, self
  2. Al-Qaida cell poses as great a danger as ISIS
  3. FBI, federal marshals join manhunt for survivalist accused of ambushing troopers
  4. British hostage in Islamic State video talks of showing ‘the truth’
  5. Artificial sweeteners possible contributors to diabetes, obesity
  6. S.C. man believed kids were going to kill him, warrant says
  7. Man arrested in Calif. wildfire
  8. ‘Easy Rider’ bike set for auction
  9. Training, equipping Syrian rebels approved by Senate
  10. Home Depot warns 56 million cards at risk
  11. Coverage in jeopardy for 115K Obamacare enrollees
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.