Concussion in the News

Recently, AAOS Headline News Now has reported on several stories in the media dealing with concussions. Following are summaries of these stories:

Hiding symptoms
“Don’t Tell Coach: Playing Through Concussions” by Jan Hoffman for The New York Times looks at what the Institute of Medicine (IOM) identified as a “culture of resistance” among high school and college athletes, who may eschew examination by coaches and trainers in order to more quickly return to playing. According to the IOM report, “The culture of sports negatively influences athletes’ self-reporting of concussion symptoms and their adherence to return-to-play guidance.”

The article cites study data presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies. A survey of 119 high school football players found that more than 75 percent could identify the symptoms of a concussion and 92 percent of the players knew they risked serious injury if they returned to the field too quickly after concussion. Yet just 54 percent said that they would report such symptoms to the coach, and 53 percent said that they would continue to play even if they had a headache from such an injury.

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