News : 2012 : February

Teens May Fare Worse After Concussion Than Children or Adults

Teenagers who suffer a concussion are more sensitive than adults or children to its aftereffects, Canadian researchers report. Concussions can affect short-term memory in adolescents, which is essential for reading and calculating, and those effects can last for six months or longer, the study authors found. Commenting on the study, Gillian Hotz, director of the concussion program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, said that “kids have developing brains, so issues may not show up until a year later when they are stressed to do more frontal lobe activities.” Concussions are preventable, she said, and there needs to be education about concussion directed to parents, coaches and children. “Of course, wearing helmets properly is important,” Hotz noted, adding that more communities are taking a proactive approach to dealing with concussions. Read Full Story >>