Time span of football play not linked to concussion recovery

Time span of football play not linked to concussion recovery

(HealthDay)—Longer exposure to playing football during childhood and adolescence appears to be unrelated to clinical recovery following college football concussion, according to a study published online Sept. 9 in Neurology.

Jaclyn B. Caccese, Ph.D., from the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, and colleagues assessed National Collegiate Athletic Association players (age, 19 ± 1 years) with valid baseline data, including 294 participants evaluated within 24 to 48 hours following concussion, as well as 327 participants evaluated at the time they were asymptomatic.

The researchers found that younger estimated age of first exposure (eAFE) was associated with lower (worse) Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) Visual Motor Speed at 24 to 48 hours following injury and lower (better) Brief Symptom Inventory 18 (BSI-18) Somatization subscores when the athletes were asymptomatic. However, the effect sizes were very small. There was no association seen between eAFE and the number of days until asymptomatic, other ImPACT composite scores, Balance Error Scoring System , or other BSI-18 subscores.

"Our results may be reassuring for players and parents, but it is important to note that we were looking at one concussion at one point in time and current testing may not be sensitive enough to detect subtle changes," a coauthor said in a statement.

Explore further

From Pee Wee to NCAA, does football early in life affect concussion recovery later?

More information: Abstract/Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)
Journal information: Neurology

Copyright © 2020 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Citation: Time span of football play not linked to concussion recovery (2020, September 10) retrieved 19 September 2020 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2020-09-span-football-linked-concussion-recovery.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

Feedback to editors

User comments