Concussion in the News: Rugby Tackles, ADHD, Return-to-Play

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Coverage on concussion in the news is on the rise. This month, Concussion.Org is talking about knowing when athletes can return to play after sports-related concussions. Additionally, we cover stories about why athletes with ADHD might need more concussion recovery time, and how rugby-style tackling may decrease the concussion risk in football. 

Athletes With ADHD May Need More Time to Recover From Concussion: Study

College athletes with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be slower to recover from a concussion, according to a study of 120 U.S. college athletes who suffered concussions. Concussion symptoms averaged 12 days for athletes with ADHD who were taking medication. In those who had ADHD who were not on medication, it was 10 days. Those without ADHD saw four days of symptoms.

Rugby-Style Tackling Might Make Football Safer

A new study claims rugby-style tackling could make football safer by reducing the force of head impacts. Researchers gathered and assessed data from 20 university football players and 10 university rugby players during spring practice seasons. The preliminary research concluded that the frequency of head impacts is lower among rugby players, compared with football players.

5 Questions About Returning to Play After a Sports-Related Concussion

John Leddy, MD, from the University at Buffalo, recently discussed sports-related concussion and return-to-play. “Doctors should consider encouraging patients to engage in early, controlled, moderate levels of physical activity as long as patients do not exceed their symptom-exacerbation thresholds,” Leddy says, speaking at the American Academy of Neurology Sports Concussion Conference.

4 Questions about Post-Concussion Balance Disturbances

Jamie M. Bogle, PhD, shares insights about post-concussion–related consequences at the American Academy of Neurology’s Sports Concussion Conference. Bogle touched on balance disturbances and vertigo, and what they mean for U.S. public health. “Most providers find dizziness to be a challenging symptom to manage,” Bogle says.

As concussion continues to make headlines around the world, the International Concussion Society and Concussion.Org are committed to keeping the public up-to-date on important concussion information. By continuing to highlight some of the best, most recent news and updates available, we hope to serve as a one-stop hub for concussion resources. For all the latest and best coverage on concussion, visit Concussion.Org’s News and Concussion Resources pages.