A new study finds that concussion diagnoses in the under age 20 population more than doubled in between 2007 and 2014.
It was not known whether the increase reflects a rise in the number of injuries or an increase in the diagnoses – or a combination of the factors.
Following the lead of Washington State, all of the United States now have laws governing the return of student athletes to the playing field when they have sustained a blow to the head. Requirements for medical clearance are now common and education of families and doctors on the symptoms of concussion have likely played a role in these numbers.
Symptoms of concussion include headache, short-term memory loss, word finding difficulty, mood swings, ringing in the ears, dizziness, blurred vision, and nausea. It is not necessary for someone to lose consciousness to have incurred a concussion.
Most concussion symptoms resolve on their own in relatively short order but some people suffer from the symptoms in the months following a concussion and should be evaluated for the possibility of a traumatic brain injury.
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