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Teens with concussions three times more likely to be depressed

The health benefits of team sport for young people may have to be weighed up against mental health concerns where concussion is a possibility, according to medical researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

In a recent perspective paper published in The Medical Journal of Australia, the researchers indicated that adolescents with a history of concussion are up to 3.3 times more likely to experience depression in their lifetime. In order to know what to do with this information however, more research is needed into potential causes of the association.

‘A longitudinal understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms associated with concussion recovery in adolescents is urgently needed,’ the researchers wrote.

This research would mean that the current advice on recovery from concussion, which involves withdrawal from many usual activities, could be reviewed for adolescents.

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Source: The Sydney Morning Herald