AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 2, 2018


In First-ever Survey, 36 Percent of Water Polo Players Report Concussions

UCI study points to need for more head protection during practice, further research 

In this study, researchers polled more than 44,000 USA Water Polo members asking about concussions and symptoms that are associated with concussion. They received 1,500 completed surveys back. Thirty-six percent of those who completed the survey reported at least one concussion. “These numbers suggest that playing water polo carries a significant risk of concussion,” said Small, professor and chair of neurology at UCI. “Our results speak to the need for systematic concussion reporting in water polo. Particularly important is reporting for individuals at the college level, who have the highest prevalence of concussion.” To read more, click here.

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