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Concussion linked to lower school performance in a new study

A new study suggests that teens who have suffered a concussion are at risk of underperforming at school for a year after their injury.

Researchers called for further action to prevent head injuries after they found that students who had suffered concussions in the last year were more likely to have “academic disabilities”.

A new study, published in the journal Injury Prevention, analyzed data on more than 10,700 teenagers in the United States who participated in a study called the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.



A history of concussion has been significantly associated with academic underdevelopment, and experiencing multiple concussions can be particularly detrimental to student performance

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Among these high school students, 14.9% reported at least one concussion due to sport or activity in the last 12 months.

Concussion is a temporary brain injury that can last for weeks after a fall or impact.

Common symptoms of a concussion include loss of consciousness, dizziness, glazed eyes, headache, amnesia, vomiting, memory problems, and loss of concentration.

Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle then analyzed the academic performance of those who had had a concussion in the last year, compared with those who hadn’t.

Overall, the vast majority of teenagers (78.8%) say they do well in school.

Students were asked about their grades in school in the last 12 months, those who reported mainly A and B were judged to be “well academic” while those predominantly C, Ds, Es or Fs were judged to be “poorly positioned” in science”. “.

Researchers calculated that having at least one concussion in the last 12 months was associated with a 25% higher risk of “academic disability”.

The relationship was stronger among the students who had recurring concussions, which seemed to carry a 50% greater risk of a poor academic performance.

They found that the relationship differed slightly between people from different ethnic groups as they called for further work to investigate the relationship.

“Having a history of concussions in the last 12 months was associated with a weak academic standing during the same period, and the association was stronger with a history of repeated concussions,” the authors wrote.

“The history of concussion has been significantly linked to academic weakness, and experiencing multiple concussions can be particularly detrimental to student performance,” they added.

“Efforts to prevent school injuries, including promoting the use of helmets, school concussion screening, and adherence to recovery and recovery guidelines to reduce multiple concussions in sports, especially for the most affected groups. racial and ethnic backgrounds, it may prove beneficial for students with concussion ”.

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