Individual Baseline for Youth Athletes Important in Determining Risk

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Youth football coach helping young player with helmetResearchers who presented findings at this year’s annual meeting of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine claim that establishing an individualized baseline for youth athletes is important to accurately determine future risk of sports-related concussions.

The study examined whether scores obtained through the Sports Concussion Assessment Tool 2 (SCAT 2) were affected by factors such as age and gender.

“Our results showed that otherwise, healthy adolescent athletes do display some variability in results so establishing each player’s own baseline before the season starts and then comparing it to test results following a concussion leads to more accurate diagnosis and treatment,” said Anikar Chhabra of the Orthopaedic Clinic Association in Phoenix, Arizona.

Data was collected from 1,134 students from 15 high schools in the Phoenix area, with an average age of 15. Of those included in the research, 872 students were male, and 262 were female. The primary sports involved in the study were football for the males and volleyball for the females.

Chhabra went on to state that the results of the study demonstrated that data collected from the SCAT-2 could be used to establish the individual baseline necessary to predict future risk of injury.

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