Study: Concussions in high school student-athletes may be risk factor for suicide, depression

Study: Concussions in high school student-athletes may be risk factor for suicide, depression

CHARLOTTE — Concussions among high school students-athletes could lead to an increased risk of suicide, according to a new study from the University of Texas Health Science Center.

More than 13,000 teenagers who had a concussion in the last year were more likely to report depression, suicide and suicide attempts.

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The study’s lead author, Dale Mantey said it took the bias of self-reporting into account and that the prevalence of concussions it found mirrored other findings.

The doctoral student said parents should know the symptoms of concussions.

"Monitor your student-athlete,” Mantey said. “If there are any changes in mood, any changes in behavior, keep an eye on that and have a conversation with your child."

A neuropsychologist said parents and student-athletes shouldn’t overreact to the study, but some kids might need more support with schoolwork or counseling to stay on track with recovery.

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