A  A  A   Print
Concussed Athletes May Not Be Good at Self-Reporting Recovery

Concussed Athletes May Not Be Good at Self-Reporting Recovery

THURSDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- Testing young athletes' memory and thinking skills after they've suffered a concussion is a more accurate way of assessing whether they have recovered, rather than relying on them to report symptoms, a new study suggests.

Guidelines for returning to play after concussion have relied on athletes' self-reports of symptoms, but there are concerns that they are not able to truly recognize their own symptoms and recovery.

And when it comes to sports, the study authors noted, cheerleading has the highest rate of catastrophic injury, with concussion accounting for an estimated 6 percent of total injuries.

The new study included 138 junior and senior high school cheerleaders who suffered a concussion and underwent at least one follow-up evaluation within seven days of their injury. The evaluation was done using Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT), which assesses memory and thinking skills.

Sixty-two percent of the cheerleaders reported symptoms such as headache, nausea and dizziness after concussion. Of those who said they had no symptoms, 33 percent had at least one ImPACT score that showed evidence of concussion, the investigators found.

That means that these cheerleaders reported their symptoms inaccurately, overestimated their recovery, or were unaware of problems with their memory and thinking, according to the study authors. The report is scheduled for publication in an upcoming issue of The Journal of Pediatrics.

"It is common knowledge that athletes may at times minimize or deny symptoms after injury to avoid being removed from competition," study co-author Dr. Gary Solomon, of Vanderbilt University, said in a journal news release.

The findings support the use of memory and skills testing after concussion, and also show that doctors should be cautious about giving athletes who've suffered a concussion the go-ahead to return to play based solely on the athlete's self-reported symptoms, the researchers pointed out.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about concussion.

SOURCE: The Journal of Pediatrics, news release, Aug. 8, 2013

Today's Interactive Tools
Related Items

The third-party content provided in the Health Library of phoebeputney.com is for informational purposes only and is not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your physician. If you or your child has or suspect you may have a health problem, please consult your primary care physician. If you or your child may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 or other emergency health care provider immediately in the United States or the appropriate health agency of your country. For more information regarding site usage, please visit: Privacy Information, Terms of Use or Disclaimer.

Follow us online:

© 2014 Phoebe Putney Health System  |  417 Third Avenue, Albany, Georgia 31701  |  Telephone 877.312.1167

Phoebe Putney Health System is a network of hospitals, family medicine clinics, rehab facilities, auxiliary services, and medical education training facilities. Founded in 1911,
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital (the flagship hospital) is one of Georgia's largest comprehensive regional medical centers. From the beginning, Phoebe's mission and vision
has been to bring the finest medical talent and technology to the citizens of Southwest Georgia, and to serve all citizens of the community regardless of ability to pay.