EMOTIONAL – irritability, anxiety, depressed mood, feeling more emotional than usual
Concussions can occur in any sport but most often in “contact” (collision) sports:
For female athletes, concussions occur most often in soccer, hockey, lacrosse, basketball field hockey, and softball.
For male athletes, concussions occur most often in football, wrestling, hockey, rugby, and lacrosse
High school girls report concussions at an overall rate of twice that of boys in most sports they both play, such as soccer, basketball, and softball/baseball.
Concussions too often go unrecognized…
Some players do not report concussions due to lack of knowledge, failure to understand the risks, fear of letting their team down, or determination to play through any challenge or pain.
Concussions can be difficult to fully recognize in the heat of a contest.
An athlete’s concussion may not be fully healed, and they may not yet be ready to return to contact sports action even when they think their symptoms are gone.
Players who return to contact before a concussion is fully healed run the risk of prolonging symptoms or more serious injury.
Zachary Y. Kerr, Avinash Chandran, Aliza K. Nedimyer, Alan Arakkal, Lauren A. Pierpoint and Scott L. Zuckerman. Concussion Incidence and Trends in 20 High School Sports. Pediatrics, November 2019, 144 (5) e20192180; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2019-2180
Prien, A., Grafe, A., Rössler, R., Junge, A., Verhagen, E. Epidemiology of Head Injuries Focusing on Concussions in Team Contact Sports: A Systematic Review. Sports Medicine, . 2018 Apr;48(4):953-969. doi: 10.1007/s40279-017-0854-4.
” Dr. McGrath and the use of computerized testing have been invaluable resources for us at St. Mark’s School. He helps to provide the interpretation and understanding of test results so that we may make informed decisions in the recovery and return-to-activity process.”
Carrie Deisenroth, ATC Head Athletic Trainer | St. Mark’s School, Southborough, MA