Risk factors for concussion
There are a number of factors which have been suggested to affect the risk of sustaining a concussion or having a more protracted course.
These include having a history of the prior concussion and the number and severity and duration of symptoms after it.
It appears to be a predisposition to females and there may well be other genetic factors.
Particularly in younger players, the history of a learning disorder, attention deficit or hyperactivity disorder, mood disorder or migraine syndromes are additional risk factors.
The playing position, “style of playing” (e.g. sedate versus aggressive) and the choice of sport may influence the potential for concussion as well.
- History of prior concussion/s
- Number, severity or duration of symptoms after a concussion
- Female sex
- Genetic predisposition
- History of a learning disorder
- ADD or ADHD
- Mood disorder
- Sport played, playing “style” and playing position