Do Mild Concussions Have Long-Term Effects?

Q:
Do mild concussions have long-term effects?

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There has been a lot of coverage in the media about the connection between repeated concussions and long-term health consequences, particularly for athletes. It’s enough to make some parents want to pull their children from school sports teams. How concerned should you be?

Jeffrey English, M.D., a neurologist at Piedmont, says for most people (that is, non-professional athletes), there is no scientific evidence that a simple concussion has long-term side effects. The caveat: The brain must be allowed to fully heal before a person risks a subsequent concussion.

Athletes who return to play without allowing their brain to heal first may be setting themselves up for serious long-term consequences.

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