Young athletes may fare worse than older athletes after sustaining a sports-related concussion, according to recent study findings.
Symptoms associated with concussion in middle- and high-school aged athletes with those in college-age athletes were compared by researchers in the Vanderbilt Sports Concussion Center and no significant differences between the two age groups were found.
The researchers reviewed a database containing information on pre-concussion and post-concussion symptoms in two different age groups: younger (13-16 years old) and older (18-22 years old) in this retrospective study.
“In the evaluation of sports-related concussion, it is imperative to parse out different ways of assessing outcomes: neurocognitive scores versus symptom endorsement versus balance issues, school performance, etc,” Zuckerman said.
“It appears that symptoms may not be a prominent driver when assessing outcomes of younger versus older athletes. We hope that our study can add insight into the evaluation of youth athletes after sports-related concussion.”
The study, “Does age affect symptom recovery after sports-related concussion? A study of high school and college athletes,” was published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.
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