Study looks at effects of concussions on kids’ brains

Brain injuries can be a very impactful type of injury. Recently, a study was conducted which looked at the effects of concussions on children’s brains. The study was conducted by researchers from the Mind Research Network and the University of New Mexico. The study was recently published in the “Journal of Neuroscience.”

The study looked at 30 children. Fifteen of these children had suffered a concussion 21 days or less prior to the start of the study and the other 15 children had not suffered any sort of brain injury.

The researchers ran brain scans on the children at the start of the study and then four months later.

Reportedly, four months after the study’s start, the children who had suffered a concussion were no longer showing any outward symptoms of having a concussion. However, through the brain scans, the researchers found that this lack of outward symptoms did not mean that the brains of the children who had suffered a concussion were no longer showing any effects from the concussion. Through the scans, the researchers found that, after four months, the cognitive skills and white matter of the children who had suffered a concussion were still showing differences as compared those of the children who had not suffered a brain injury.

Thus, the study appears to indicate that concussions can lead to changes in a child’s brain that can last for (at least) months.

This study gives rise to some questions. What impacts (short and long term) can such brain changes have on children? Do these brain changes make children more vulnerable to suffering additional brain injuries? If so, does this study indicate that current views on when it is safe to allow a child to return to participating in physical activities (such as sports) after a concussion should change?

It will be interesting to see if any future studies are conducted looking a little deeper at the things indicated in this study and, if they are, what results such studies yield.

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