Teenage athletes are exposed to a lot of head trauma, and concussions are common. In addition to the physical symptoms, some teens experience emotional symptoms such as anxiety and depression. A recent study suggests that teens who are sensitive to light or noise might be more likely to experience these emotional symptoms.
While most people recover from a concussion within a week, studies have shown that teenage athletes take about seven to 10 days longer to recover than older athletes. The study involved 37 teen athletes who had lingering symptoms following a concussion. The participants did not have a history of psychological issues. One group of 22 teens had emotional symptoms, while the other group of 15 teens did not. Of the teens with emotional symptoms, 23% were sensitive to light and 14% were sensitive to noise, compared to 13% and zero, respectively, of the group with no emotional symptoms.
Identifying factors such as these may help professionals plan for appropriate treatment when teenage athletes get concussions. Any teen who is suffering from emotional issues after a concussion should be screened by a child psychiatrist to see if further treatment is needed.