AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 4, 2017


Gene Variation in Athletes Might Signify Longer Recovery Following Concussion

Researchers who presented their study at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Specialty Day believe they may have found a new genetic connection regarding the recovery rates of patients following a sports-related concussion. “Athletes carry a specific genotype (CACNA1E rs704326) in our study were found to have a much greater risk of prolonged recovery following concussion,” said lead author, Jane McDevitt, PhD from Temple University in Philadelphia. “Athletes who also reported having balance issues/deficits were also more likely to take a longer time to recover.” Information from 40 athletes who had been diagnosed with a concussion were studied. To read more, click here

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