A new study found that concussions have increased among college football players at the three U.S. Service Academies: the United States Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Concussions increased from 23 in the 2009-10 season to 42 in the 2010-11 season.
The increase comes after a 2010 NCAA concussion-management initiative that requires athletic programs to report concussion signs and symptoms and then remove the injured player from the game. Dr. Kelly Kilcoyne, one of the authors of the study, believes that the increase may be attributed to under-reporting of concussions in the past.
HealthDay reports that the brain continues to develop into an individuals early 20s. It takes longer for children and young adults to recover from concussions than adults. Repetitive head trauma can have long-lasting effects on younger athletes into their adult years.
The study was presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine annual meeting.
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