American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
For Immediate Release Apr 20, 2013

Study shows concussions increase risk of lower extremity injury

San Diego, CA – A new study shows that college athletes who sustain concussions are more likely to have a lower extremity injury in the same season after they return from the concussion. 

Dr. Daniel Herman, a fellow in primary care sports medicine at the University of Florida, presented his research at the 2013 American Medical Society for Sports Medicine conference in San Diego, Calif.  Athletes with concussions were 3.79 times more likely to get a muscle or ligament injury than their non-concussed teammates.  The severity of the injuries was not statistically different between the two groups.  This research takes the popular topic of concussions in a direction that many people have not thought about. 

“These results may have clinical implications ranging from pre-season injury risk stratification to post-concussion rehabilitation practices to return to play considerations,” said Dr. Herman. “My colleagues and I are working to develop additional studies investigating the impact of neurocognitive performance on musculoskeletal injuries.”

Dr. Daniel Herman, a fellow in primary care sports medicine at the University of Florida, received his MD and PhD (Biomedical Engineering) at the University of North Carolina, and completed his residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Virginia. His research focuses on neuromuscular and neurocognitive risk factors for musculoskeletal injury, and he is a prior recipient of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine's O'Donoghue Award for Sports Injury Research. He will be starting at an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Florida in July 2013.

About the AMSSM Annual Meeting: The conference features lectures and research addressing the most challenging topics in sports medicine today including prevention of sudden cardiac death, concussion, biologic therapies and other issues facing the field of sports medicine. More than 1,500 sports medicine physicians from across the United States and 10 countries around the world attended the meeting.

About the AMSSM: The AMSSM is a multi-disciplinary organization of sports medicine physicians whose members are dedicated to education, research, advocacy, and the care of athletes of all ages. Founded in 1991, the AMSSM now comprises more than 2,300 sports medicine physicians whose goal is to provide a link between the rapidly expanding core of knowledge related to sports medicine and its application to patients in a clinical setting.


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