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Concussion Effects Can Last For Many Years

Proving once again that there is nothing mild about a mild traumatic brain injury, a study of U.S. college athletes who had concussions indicated suppressed brain function more than three years later, researchers said.

University of Illinois researchers said the study considered performance results of 90 male and female college-age student athletes who participate in sports, including soccer, ice hockey and rugby. Roughly half of the sample had sustained concussions within the past 3.4 years.

The study found that those who sustained a sports concussion had deficits in their attention and concentration skills and working memory for many years following the original brain trauma.

The study is published in the Journal of Neurotrauma.

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