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Could NFL players’ performance after a concussion mask the dangers?

The significance of a single concussive event suffered by running backs and wide receivers may be masked by the speed by which they return to play, according to a new study from researchers at Penn Medicine and the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, as well as Wayne State University and the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. Researchers examine how athletic performance was affected immediately. 


“While it’s most often multiple concussive events that typically result in the long-term health effects, such as early onset dementia, a single event is still significant, and single events eventually add up,” said PISC Senior Scholar, Samir Mehta, Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma and Fracture Care at Penn Medicine, who devised the study. “Based on our data, if a player has had a single concussive event, it does not appear to put them at risk for on-field performance issues, but it may increase the risk for future concussive events, and close monitoring of these players is still essential.

 

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