With the recent passing of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, it’s fair to say that when it comes to tackles and challenges, it wasn’t always pretty! There were several incidences of players clashing heads, shoulders hitting jaws, and heads bouncing off a keeper’s fist during the competition. There were varying degrees of experience on display with some players still in their teens! Despite their younger age, many of the young players on show were more than willing to put their head in where it hurts, whilst many had no say in the matter…they just got clattered!
New evidence proposed by the American Academy of Neurology has found that concussion, a sudden, short lived loss of mental function that occurs after a blow or injury to the head, may affect younger people differently to that of more mature adults. This study is very timely as it is published just days before Fifpro, the world players’ union, wants a protocol regarding concussion to become part of the rules in football die to the head injuries suffered, and players continuing regardless.
The studies lead authors Lisa M. Koehl, MS, and Dong (Dan) Y. Han, PsyD, of the University of Kentucky in Lexington explained:
"While most people recover from a concussion within a week, a number of factors affect people's recovery, and studies have shown that teenage athletes may take up to seven to 10 days longer to recover than older athletes."
So with all the exposure that came from the World Cup, is it time that more care was paid to young and mature athletes receiving head injuries and concussion!?
American Academy of Neurology. "After a concussion, which teens will have emotional symptoms?." ScienceDaily. Retrieved 15th July, 2014, from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140710161523.htm