New research out of Michigan State University reveals female athletes and younger athletes take longer to recover from concussions, findings that call for physicians and athletic trainers to take sex and age into account when dealing with the injury.
The study found females performed worse than males on visual memory tests and reported more symptoms post concussion.
“While previous research suggests younger athletes and females may take longer to recover from a concussion, little was known about the interactive effects of age and sex on symptoms, cognitive testing and postural stability,” said Tracey Covassin, a certified athletic trainer at MSU who led the study.
“This study confirms that age and sex have an impact on recovery, and future research should focus on developing treatments tailored to those differences.”
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