A new study out of the University of Colorado-Denver found that regardless of the location of impact of high school football players who sustained a concussion, there was no difference in the outcome.  Researchers, noting that “little research has examined concussion outcomes in terms of impact location (i.e., the area on the head in which the impact occurred), utilized the National High Schools Sports-Related Injury Surveillance Study dated between 2008/2009-2012/2013 to calculate rates and describe circumstances of football concussion (e.g., symptomatology, symptom resolution time, return to play) resulting from player-to-player collisions by impact location.”

Not surprisingly, the researchers found that most concussions resulting from player-to player collisions occurred from front-of-the-head and side-of-the-head impacts.  While a larger proportion of football players who sustained concussions from the top-of-the-head impacts experienced loss of concussion than those suffering concussions in other locations of the head, concussions outcomes were generally independent of impact location. 

Dawn Comstock, the lead author of the study, was quoted as saying “we can’t predict which athletes are more likely to have more severe symptoms or worse outcomes based only on how their injuries occurred.  Every clinician needs to take every concussion very seriously.”  “What we can say is that these findings definitely support the call to take the head out of the game if you will.” If you or a loved one has suffered an injury, contact Stark & Stark today.