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Study Links Long Concussions Recoveries To ADHD, Depression

A study from St. Vincent Sports Performance indicates longer concussion recovery times could be linked to ADHD, anxiety and depression.

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Concussions in athletes are often caused by a hit to the head.

A new study links longer recovery time from concussions in athletes to possible psychiatric conditions.

Researchers at St. Vincent Sports Performance monitored 76 athletes ages 8 to 23 who were referred for neuropsychological evaluation more than four months after sports-related concussions.

They found that almost 74 percent of those athletes met formal criteria for disorders like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, learning disabilities and depression.

“Being able to identify factors associated with longer recovery is crucial to improving the treatment of this population and to our overall understanding of concussions,” Vincent Nittoli, the lead researcher at St. Vincent Sports Performance, said in a statement.

The study concludes more research is needed, but advises that athletes with prolonged recovery from concussions also receive neuropsychological evaluations.

Doctors recommend athletes that have concussions get proper treatment by a neuropsychologist.

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