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Concussion Severity Not Dependent On Location of Impact

Morgan Cain2 years ago

New data shows that the point of trauma makes little difference when it comes to the symptoms and severity of a concussion.

About the Concussion Study

According to Fox News, researchers have found that symptoms and recovery times for concussions are not dependent on the area of the head that suffers injury.

2,526 high school football related concussions were analyzed in the National High School Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study.

Researchers noted that the most common hit to the head was to the front. The second was to the side of the head and then the back of the head.  The top of the head was the least likely to occur.

Those who received concussions to the top of the head were more likely to lose consciousness than concussions to other parts of the head, but overall symptoms and recovery times tended to be the same for all three points of impact.

Concussion Statistics

The following information is from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • every year, 173,285 children under the age of 19 are treated in emergency rooms for sport- and recration-related traumatic brain injuries.
  • Children and teens are more likely to suffer from concussions.
  • Overall, the activities with the most concussion occurrences included bicycling, football, playground activities, basketball and soccer.


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