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Concussion and Academic Impairment Among US High School Students

Tuesday, November 26, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Julie Alonso
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A new CDC report, Concussion and Academic Impairment Among US High School Students, is the first to examine the relationship between sports- and physical activity-related concussion and indicators of academic impairment among a nationally representative sample of US high school students.


Key findings include:

  • Nearly 1 in 6 high school students reported experiencing a concussion in the past 12 months while participating in sports or physical activity.
  • Students who reported a sports- or physical activity-related concussion in the past 12 months were more likely to report symptoms of cognitive impairment.
  • Students’ self-reported GPA was significantly lower among those who reported one or more sports- or physical activity-related concussions in the past 12 months.

Information about these types of concussions and their associations with cognitive impairment and academic grades, may help school-based programs implement strategies to prevent sports- and physical activity-related concussions and mitigate their potential for adverse impact on academic achievement. 

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