Concussions increase the risk of lower extremity injury

Newswise — San Diego, CA – A new study shows that college athletes who sustain concussions are more likely to have a lower extremity injury in the same season after they return from the concussion.

Dr. Daniel Herman, a fellow in primary care sports medicine at the University of Florida, presented this research at the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine conference in San Diego, California.

Athletes with concussions were 3.79 times more likely to get a muscle or ligament injury than their non-concussed teammates.

The severity of the injuries was not statistically different between the two groups.

This research takes the popular topic of concussions in a direction that many people have not thought about.

“These results may have clinical implications ranging from pre-season injury risk stratification to post-concussion rehabilitation practices to return to play considerations,” said Dr. Herman.

“My colleagues and I are working to develop additional studies investigating the impact of neurocognitive performance on musculoskeletal injuries.”

About the AMSSM

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Founded in 1991, the AMSSM comprises more than 2,300 sports medicine physicians whose goal is to provide a link between the rapidly expanding core of knowledge related to sports medicine and its application to patients in a clinical setting. www.amssm.org

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