Emotional Problems May Linger Long After Concussion
Reuters has reported on a new study that suggests emotional problems may linger after the physical symptoms of a concussion fade.
About the Concussion Study
“Everyone thinks of headache, dizziness, nausea as concussive symptoms, but they're not necessarily thinking of depression, frustration, and these emotional symptoms.” – Dr. Matthew Eisenberg as published by Reuters
As part of their study, Dr. Matthew Eisenberg, an emergency physician at Boston Children's Hospital, and his team analyzed 235 patients between the ages of 11 and 12 who had suffered concussion for a period of three months.
The researchers found that some symptoms, like difficulty thinking, irritability, and frustration, persisted in 15 percent of the study participants at the end of the three month study, highlighting that trauma to the head can take an emotional toll in addition to the physical damage.
Further, while physical symptoms like headaches, fatigue, and dizziness were often reported immediately, emotional and cognitive symptoms like disturbed sleep, frustration and forgetfulness often developed later.
Sports-Related Concussion Statistics
- According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Emergency rooms treat more than 100,000 sports-related concussion in children 19 and under every year.
- Concussions among high school athletes increased each year from 2005 to 2012.
- Over the past decade, ER visits for sports and recreation related traumatic brain injuries among children and adolescents have increased by 60 percent.
- 71 percent of all sport and recreation related traumatic brain injuries occur in children between the ages of 10 and 19.