Youth football players more likely to keep playing after concussion than older players

Children below high school age are more likely to return to the football field after a concussion than their older counterparts, according to a new study.


Even though only 10 percent of youth football players are sent back into play within 24 hours of suffering a concussion, that number is too high, especially when compared to the approximately 5 percent of college players and less than 1 percent of high schoolers.


It makes sense, of course. High school, college, and professional organizations have more resources and are better able to dedicate time/energy/personnel to spotting and treating concussions. Also, self-reporting can be more difficult for younger players who don’t understand what they’re experiencing and can’t accurately describe it.


But that doesn’t mean that we should just accept that some are going to be missed and move on. Children’s brains are even more susceptible to trauma than adults’, so youth concussions’ being more difficult to handle properly is not an excuse to write some of them off. The extra effort that may be required is absolutely worth it.


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