Which kids are hit hardest by concussion?

Study shows it can take three months for teen girls to fully recover

Adolescent girls have the slowest recovery from concussion compared with other children, a Canadian study shows.

The research followed more than 2700 children and adolescents (61% male) over a 12-week period after presenting with concussion at nine paediatric EDs.

The main outcome was the change in symptom score on the Post-Concussion Symptom Inventory (PCSI), which was assessed at presentation, and 1,2 4, 8 and 12 weeks thereafter.

“In our study, girls across age groups were more symptomatic than boys,” the authors reported in JAMA Pediatrics.

And adolescent girls (13-18 years) had the most marked delay in recovery compared with their male peers, they found.

“Adolescent girls had a protracted symptom change trajectory; symptom improvement occurred predominantly in the first four weeks and plateaued between weeks four and eight, with less than half of them reaching full recovery by 12 weeks