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Jun 10, 2013 10:06 AM by Marissa Torres

Repeated concussions have lasting impact

There's new information on how repeated concussions may affect the brain. It appears youth athletes take longer to recover after their second or third concussion.

Lead study author Dr. Matthew Eisenberg analyzed nearly 300 young athletes who went to the emergency room with concussion symptoms -- like headaches, dizziness, nausea and difficulty concentrating.

Those symptoms lasted longer when concussions occurred within a year of each other. Doctors tell concussed patients to stay away from school and sports, including no texting, no computers, no video games. And with each additional concussion, doctors tell patients to rest even more. Dr. Eisenberg's study also found that children who had lost consciousness actually recovered more quickly from their concussion.

It takes about 12 days for the average child to recover after a concussion causing blow. Experts say it's important to get a doctor's opinion on how to customize care for each patient.

There's new information on how repeated concussions may affect the brain. It appears youth athletes take longer to recover after their second or third concussion.

 

Lead study author Dr. Matthew Eisenberg analyzed nearly 300 young athletes who went to the emergency room with concussion symptoms -- like headaches, dizziness, nausea and difficulty concentrating.

Those symptoms lasted longer when concussions occurred within a year of each other. Doctors tell concussed patients to stay away from school and sports, including no texting, no computers, no video games. And with each additional concussion, doctors tell patients to rest even more. Dr. Eisenberg's study also found that children who had lost consciousness actually recovered more quickly from their concussion.

It takes about 12 days for the average child to recover after a concussion causing blow. Experts say it's important to get a doctor's opinion on how to customize care for each patient.

 

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