PRIOR MENTAL DISTRESS EXTENDS RECOVERY FROM SPORT CONCUSSION

A recent concussion study found that participants who had psychosomatic symptoms before the head injury took longer time to recover. In other words, mental distress prior to a concussion extended the concussion’s recovery period.

“Previous studies have revealed that athletes who have suffered from a head injury may experience less blood flow in their brain for eight days even after the concussion symptoms subside.

“Another study has found that head injuries among athletes have been linked to increased suicide risk later in life.

“Athletes in the National Football League suffer an average 8.1 cases of concussion throughout their entire career,

“Lindsay Nelson of Medical College of Wisconsin and researchers recruited and examined 127 high school and college athletes, 80% of which were male. ~ 66% of the injuries were sustained during football, with the rest from soccer, lacrosse, wrestling, rugby, hockey and field hockey.

“Athletes with no prior psychosomatic symptoms recovered in an average of 10 days following concussion. However, the athletes with previous records of mental distress took twice as long, recovering in about 20 days.

“Nelson said that because athletes in the study were generally healthy in terms of physical and psychological factors, the report emphasizes the important role that psychosomatic symptoms could play in a person’s recovery.

“Our hope is our study will lead to further research,” said Nelson, adding that identifying athletes who are at risk for prolonged recovery is important so experts could develop early interventions and improve outcomes for concussion patients.

[Past Mental Distress May Increase Head Injury Recovery Time For Athletes by Alyssa Navarro, Tech Times, April 21, Tech Times]

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