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A recent report from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting, held last month in Orlando, has suggested that “prolonged recovery from concussions may signal further psychiatric disorders in athletes.”
A Website called HCP Live cited research from St. Vincent Sports Performance (SVSP) and the Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention in Indianapolis, which studied 76 athletes aged 8-23 years who had sports-related concussions and had been referred to neuropsychological specialists for further evaluation after an average of 4.4 months.
“While the majority of concussions resolve within 7-10 days, some of athletes enrolled in the study experienced a concussion that lasted up to a year,” according to the article. “The majority of the study participants (73.7%) met the formal diagnostic criteria for at least one psychiatric disorder. Additionally, some of the athletes (64.3%) fulfilled the criteria for one comorbid psychiatric condition, 23.2% fulfilled it for 2, 8.9% for 3, and 3.6% for 4.
“The researchers found 27 athletes had adjustment disorders, which were the most prevalent among the participants. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was present in 21 athletes, while 18 had anxiety disorders, 10 had learning disabilities, and 9 had depression and/or mood disorders.”
“Although the patients were evaluated with the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) database, the test did not always reflect the patients’ underlying issues.”
Floridian Community Bank has announced its sponsorship of the Nova Southeastern University Concussion Management Clinic, one of the largest community-based sport concussion initiatives in the state of Florida.
The clinic provides “state-of-the-art concussion management services” to the 32 public and private high schools in the Broward County Athletic Association. Services to high school students include baseline testing, education and outreach and post-injury care. These services help to advise doctors and parents the severity of a head injury, treatment needed and when the student athlete can get return to the field/court.
“We’re very happy to be working with the team at Nova Southeastern on a cause that many of us at the bank feel so strongly about,” said Bank President Lee Frankhouser. “We’ve all learned in the past few years how critically important concussion testing and treatment is, and we feel it’s a necessity to support for South Florida’s high school athletes.”
The Florida High School Athletic Association voted last week to require girls lacrosse players to wear helmets beginning in 2015, a measure designed to prevent head injuries.
The state’s governing body for high school sports already requires boys lacrosse players to wear helmets during competition.
FHSAA spokesperson Corey Sobers told the media that the FHSAA “is very committed to addressing the safety of our student-athletes. Any protective headgear that can lessen impact — whether it’s stick-to-head, blow-to-head, body contact-to-head — that’s a positive step.”
With the decision, Florida became the only state to require that girls lacrosse players wear helmets during competition.