Concussed athletes may require extended recuperation time before full recovery, study finds.

Young athletes may need a longer period of time to recover well after a concussion than previously believed, according to a study recently published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Researches from the University of Oregon Department of Human Physiology examined the attention and executive function of 20 athletes measured against  a 20 person control group. Among their findings, concussed participants showed significant impairment on executive function 2 months after injury. The conclusions suggest that athletes should be evaluated for executive function post injury before returned to sports. Dr. Alex Gometz, DPT at Concussion management of NY suggests constant supervision and constant periodical neurocognitive testing before returning to sports and an exertion program. New data available suggests athletes are returning to sports before they are completely safe and should be allowed extended periods of rest for proper healing.  Read complete study details.