Concussion consequences worse in adolescents than kids or adults

A Canadian study assessing electrophysiological and neuropsychological function in 96 athletes found neurophysiological deficits persisted at six months to one year after concussion in any age group, with concussion affecting working memory, attention and focus. However adolescents fared worse than adults or children on some parameters.

The participants included hockey, rugby and soccer players.

The research also showed children were just as affected by concussion as adults, scuttling previous beliefs that the brain of a child was more easily able to recover from such injury. 

Brain Injury 2012; 26: 201-10

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