A new study screening 89 National College Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I football players suggests that players who have previously sustained a concussion and returned to play are at high risk of re-injury because of decreased cognitive function. “While neurocognitive function, coordination and balance usually improve in seven to 10 days, subtle perceptual and motor control deficits can last far longer,” said Dr. Shellie Acocello, ATC, senior author of the study and assistant professor for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Cognitive and motor skills help players to think about how to properly navigate the field and dodge opponents. However, concussions can affect players even after they believe they have recovered from the concussion. Long-term effects may include trouble concentrating, fatigue, delayed reaction speeds, and sensitivity to light and noise, which can affect a player’s performance on the field. Symptoms of a mild concussion include dizziness, tinnitus, and imbalance, which players can feel throughout the entire season. Severe concussions may result in loss of consciousness or amnesia.
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