The studies are out there and so is the real-life evidence, yet their messages of the dangers of concussion are being ignored, say authors of a new study: high school athletes are still sustaining brain injuries and in increasing numbers. These researchers also found that young athletes who get concussions need at least a month to recover. The new was study was published in the journal Orthopedics.
According to the research team, led by Toufic R. Jildeh, MD, administrative chief resident in Orthopaedic Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan, 33% of participants had concussions while 14% experienced amnesia. Athletes who had one concussion during the study period needed an average of over 30 days to recover before they resumed their sport. For those who experienced recurrent concussions, the recovery period was longer.