Concussions may cause lingering mental anguish
Youths who suffer concussions may continue to have emotional problems after their physical symptoms wane, a new study suggests. “The physical symptoms tend to start early and fade with time, while the emotional symptoms frequently have a delayed onset,” the study’s lead author, Dr. Matthew Eisenberg, told Reuters Health. The findings may signal a need for some athletes to wait longer to return to their sports and regular school activities, Dr. Heidi Blume told Reuters Health. They should also help guide doctors in developing a recovery course following concussions. Blume, a pediatric neurologist from Seattle Children’s and Research Institute in Washington, was not involved in the current research but has studied concussion symptoms. Though most U.S. states have passed laws to try to identify and bench students who have suffered concussions, athletes do play with symptoms, she said.
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