New study shows which teens most at risk for emotional symptoms post-concussion

Researchers at the University of Kentucky looked at athletes between 12 and 17 who had "persisting symptoms" for about 37 days after they experienced a concussion. (Any teens with psychological issues were excluded in advance.)

They found that 22 of the 37 had emotional symptoms (depression, irritability, frequent mood changes, anxiety, aggression, apathy or excessive emotional reactions) and the other 15 did not. 

The different? 

Although both groups had experienced concussions of about similar severity and both groups had a similar percentage of kids that got amnesia or lost consciousness, there was something distinguishing the two groups.

Of the 22 teens who had emotional symptoms:

- 5 were sensitive to light

- 3 were sensitive to noise

Of the 15 teens who had NO emotional symptoms:

- 2 were snsitive to light 

- 0 were sensitive to noise

Granted, it's a very small study, but the researchers want to do it again but with a larger sample size.

Here's what I read:

If your child plays sports, consider creating a cognitive skills baseline (at a personal brain training center) so you have something against which to compare their brain skills later if they DO experience a concussion.

You'll have a baseline measurement of things like short-term, long-term and working memory, as well as visual and auditory processing, attention (3 types), logic & reasoning, and processing speed.


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