Concussions, one of the most common sports-related injuries among young athletes, usually require an extended period of rest to ensure proper healing. However, many coaches return high-school athletes to the field within one day of receiving a concussion, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.
While most concussions included in the study were mild, with symptoms disappearing within three days, researchers say that playing an athlete so soon is in direct violation of experts' recommendations. The consensus is that young athletes who sustain concussions should never return to play on the same day of the injury. Instead, they are supposed to be removed from competition and practice as soon as a concussion is suspected. They should not return until they are symptom-free at rest, have passed a baseline test, and have also passed a test indicating they are symptom-free after exertion.
The study evaluated the concussion rate of 20 different sports and concluded the following:
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