April 25, 2016
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Concussed athletes found likely to sustain lower extremity injuries after return to play

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Athletes with concussions have a higher chance of sustaining acute lower extremity musculoskeletal injuries after return to play than athletes without concussions, according to study results.

Researchers assessed 75 athletes with 87 cases of concussion who participated in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I sports between 2011 and 2014. Investigators reviewed the 90-day period after return to play to identify acute noncontact lower extremity musculoskeletal injuries and matched athletes with up to three controls for a total of 182 controls. Athletes without concussions were matched to athletes with concussions based on team/sex, games played and position. Investigators used conditional logistic regression to assess correlations between concussion and subsequent risks for acute lower extremity musculoskeletal injuries.

Findings showed recently concussed athletes compared with athletes without concussions had a higher incidence of acute lower extremity musculoskeletal injury. Investigators noted that during the 90-day period after return to play, the odds of having an acute lower extremity musculoskeletal injury was 2.48-times greater for athletes with concussions vs. those without concussions. ‒ by Monica Jaramillo


Disclosure: The researchers report no relevant financial disclosures.