Monday, June 10, 2013

Study: Concussions May Need Longer Time to Recover

Posted By on Mon, Jun 10, 2013 at 8:53 AM

A new study indicates that young people may take longer to recover after a second or third concussion than previously believed.

Reuters reports that the researchers "typically believe the average athlete needs up to two weeks to have symptoms ... after a concussion." But the new research from the University of Toronto indicates that children and young adults who suffered a second concussion took an average of 35 days to "get back to normal."

In October 2012, Boise Weekly reported on how Idaho high schools and universities were adapting to new research and regulations regarding concussions ( BW, News, "Head Games," October 10, 2012).

The 2012 Idaho Legislature passed a law saying that if an athlete 18 years old or younger "has sustained a concussion or head injury and exhibits outward signs or symptoms of such ... that the youth athlete shall be removed from play." The athlete will only be allowed to return to play once he or she is "evaluated and authorized to return by a qualified health care professional who is trained in the evaluation and management of concussions."

Additionally, Idaho school districts are now required by the Idaho Athletic Association to train coaches to recognize the signs of a concussion.

Idaho universities must abide by new rules from the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Playing Rules Oversight Panel that say "If a player loses his helmet [other than as the result of a foul by the opponent, such as a facemask], it will be treated like an injury. The player must leave the game and is not allowed to participate for the next play."

"There are both sides: Most of us played through an era when somebody might have had a concussion and they would be back in the next game," Matt Holtry, head football coach and athletic director at Homedale High School told Boise Weekly. "But the good part is the new awareness. And the education part of it is huge. So the coaches all agreed upon the new protections."

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