Health Discoveries in Brain Injury

Concussions can lead to mental and physical problems

January 31, 2011

Memory problems, headaches, balance and sleep problems are likely to occur in high school athletes who have experienced two or more concussions, according to a study published online in the journal Neurosurgery.

Researchers from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, the International Brain Research Foundation in Edison, New Jersey, and the Sports Concussion Center of New Jersey compared more than 600 high school athletes, including 105 who had had two or more previous concussions at least several months before the study began.

While concussion-related symptoms were more likely among the athletes who had had a concussion, those with two or more concussions reported more serious "post-concussion syndrome" that included a host of mental and physical problems.

"The study results support the recent surge in advocacy on state and federal governmental levels to establish youth concussion management programs and to better regulate the rules of youth sports," the researchers concluded.

The 21-bed Regional Brain Injury Center at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, New York, is the only rehabilitation center of its kind on Long Island. The center is part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.

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