In recent research published in the Journal of Athletic Training Brenton et al. (2016) found that athletes who play through concussions take longer to recover. Overall the researchers found that within their population of 97 concussions at the university of Florida from 2008-2015. The researchers found a significant difference between those who reported their concussions immediately and those who delayed reporting them. The difference between the two groups was a 6-day discrepancy in recovery time.
Even more interesting is if you look at the graph of the number of days missed by athletes it paints a much clearer picture of the recovery times of these athletes.
The value that we give to this research is significant because it shows that there is a disparity in the recovery time for athletes who do not report their concussions immediately. Additionally, the researchers definition of delayed reporting seems to be too strict where the athletes continue to play after their concussive event. However, this area of concussion research needs to be investigated more because the sample size of this research is not large enough for the community to accept as fact quite yet.
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