Thursday, October 6, 2011
Concussions in Athletes Can Lead to Psychiatric Problems
Dr. Claudia Reardon of the University of Wisconsin published a review article in Sports Medicine summarizing the mental problems that can occur many years after the traumatic brain injury of a concussion. Symptoms include depression, insomnia, ADHD, irritability, apathy, eating disorders and personality changes. The National Football League is studying the effects of concussions. One emerging recommendation is that younger athletes require more time to recover from concussions before returning to play. If you have ever had a concussion, be sure your family knows, so they can be on the alert for future problems. See Sports Med. 2010;40:961-80.