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Prolonged Recovery from Concussion Could Lead to Psychiatric Disorders

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.”

See more at: http://www.hcplive.com/articles/Prolonged-Concussion-Potentially-Linked-to-Psychiatric-Disorders#sthash.LXhwXFxi.dpuf

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Is a History of Concussions Soon to Be Used as a Legal Defense?

Titus Young, former Detroit Lions wide receiver, had a court date this past Monday. He was a no-show, citing “personal reasons.” His attorney, “Altus Hudson II, said Young is suffering from concussion symptoms and is undergoing psychiatric treatment.”

Young’s final release from the St. Louis Rams was followed by his arrest “three times in a week during May. He faces 11 charges, including burglary, assaulting a police officer, and resisting arrest.” That’s some hole to dig in such a short period of time.

According to Young’s attorney, Monday’s no-show “was not a surprise.” Hudson… “believes the wide receiver’s decision-making was affected by his concussion problems.” One just might get the feeling that Hudson’s comments might be leading up to a defense strategy. Interesting twist to say the least.

On another front, there’s yesterday’s arrest of the Patriot’s Aaron Hernandez on murder charges. In January of 2012 he received concussion tests after getting his “bell rung on a carry to the goal line.” It’s now some 18 months later and he’s incarcerated without bail. His attorney obviously has his hands full contemplating a defense. Does insanity and concussions have anything in common?

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