In the U.S., athletes at all levels of competition suffer more than one million concussions each year. Most concussions (80 to 90 percent) will resolve within seven to 10 days. But for reasons not yet understood, some patients take much longer to recover. What many parents, coaches, athletic trainers and athletes may not realize, however, is that the effects of a concussion can last several months, and though rare, may have long-lasting effects even into adulthood.
Cleveland Clinic Florida Sports Health wants parents, coaches, athletic trainers and athletes to know the symptoms and how to proceed when athletic concussion is suspected. Expedient diagnosis and management of concussions reduce the potential long-term risks.
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Our Sports Health team also collaborates with other Cleveland Clinic Florida experts in neurology, neurosurgery and basic science researchers to further improve understanding, diagnosis and treatment of this traumatic brain injury.