A recent study examining injuries among National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I collegiate athletes found an interesting relationship between concussions and bone and joint injuries. The incidence of acute lower extremity musculoskeletal injury was higher among recently concussed athletes (17%) compared with matched controls (9%). The odds of sustaining an acute lower extremity musculoskeletal injury during the 90-day period after return to play were 2.48 times higher in concussed athletes than controls during the same 90-day period. This study appears to show that concussed athletes have increased odds of sustaining an acute lower extremity musculoskeletal injury after return to play than their nonconcussed teammates.
Source: American Journal of Sports Medicine, Published online January 19, 2016