The Difference in Concussions Across Age Groups and Gender
Penny, Justin R.
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The purpose of this paper is to inform those who may be impacted by a concussion whether it is working with those who have concussions or possibly receiving concussions. Knowing the difference in symptoms and treatments among different age groups and gender is important to know. Concussions have shown to affect various age groups including but not limited to athletes. Among the various age groups, children from the age of birth to 12 are often shown to have an increased risk of developing cognitive impairments if not treated properly. Adolescents, from ages of 13-17, on the other hand have shown to have increased risk for receiving concussions that typically result in academic accommodations as well as athletic restrictions during their concussion treatment. For collegiate level students, ages 18-22 the NCAA has conducted research and implemented policies within athletics to decrease the total amount of concussions with added safety procedures as well as educating athletes to report concussions related symptoms. Lastly, adults, over the age of 23 that have received concussions throughout their lives are developing symptoms such later in life, including but not limited to depression. Over the years, research has immensely evolved in studying concussions that has examined not only a difference in the amount of concussions, individuals receive but also the associated symptom through the course of a concussion as well as treatment methods applied between both age and gender.