The authors prospectively examined the relationship between sport-related concussions (SRC) and self-reported SRC symptoms, symptom severity, depression, and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in high school football players from 31 Wisconsin schools. The Post-concussion Symptom Scale (PCSS), the SCAT-3, the PHQ-9, and the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory 4.0 (PedsQL) were administered at study entry. Subsequent assessments were completed within 72 hours of a SRC, 7-days post SRC, at time of return to play (RTP), and at 6 months and 12 months post-injury. Scores were compared to the athlete’s baseline scores on these measures. Results indicated no significant differences on these metrics between baseline assessment and the RTP and 6 and 12-month time points, suggesting no long-lasting sequelae following unrestricted RTP.
(McGuine et al, 2020)
McGuine TA, Pfaller A, Hetzel S, Broglio SP, Hammer E. A Prospective Study of Concussions and Health Outcomes in High School Football Players. J Athl Train. 2020 Oct 1;55(10):1013-1019. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-141-19. PMID: 32946575; PMCID: PMC7594612.