AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 1, 2017

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Gene Variation in Athletes Might Signify Longer Recovery Following Concussion

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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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