Compared with athletes who missed play for non-injury related reasons, investigators of this study found no changes in performance or style of play among National Hockey League players who returned to sport for at least five games following a concussion.
Researchers evaluated 94 National Hockey League players who had sustained a concussion and 58 players who had missed time for a non-injury related reason. Investigators recorded game play statistics and totaled information for five games prior to injury or absence and five games after injury or absence. Generalized linear models were used to compare the groups for each post-concussion/absence statistic. Covariates included in to the models were pre-concussion/absence statistics, position played, games missed and concussion history.
Results showed the models did not reach statistical significance, which demonstrated concussed players and those in the control group were not different with regard to the performance or style of play after they returned from either a concussion or non-injury related absence. ‒ by Monica Jaramillo
Disclosures: Kuhn’s father is the team physician for the National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators Hockey Club. Please see the full study for a list of all other authors’ relevant financial disclosures.