Children and adolescents who suffer concussions in sports or other activities have an increased risk of mental health problems, according to a new study published in JAMA Network Open. Canadian researchers collected ten years of data from children aged 5 to 18 who sought medical care during that period for either concussions or orthopedic injuries. The researchers found concussions correlated more strongly to mental health issues than did orthopedic injuries. While we tend to focus on physical symptoms of concussions like headaches, dizziness, sensitivity to light, nausea, and more, this study shows that we need to look for emotional symptoms in these kids and seek treatment with a specialist to help them recover.
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