A paper published in June in the Journal of Scientific Practice and Integrity (JoSPI) details abnormally high rates of learning disability and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder diagnoses among incoming college football players over a nine-year stretch. The percentages were consistently three to four times greater than the national average, with alarming statistics on ADHD in college athletes.
Learning Disability and ADHD in College Athletes Are Concussion Co-Morbidities
The United States recognizes learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders as co-morbidities that should be addressed in concussion research and management. Researchers observed LD/ADHD rates among football athletes had exceeded 50% in multiple cohort years, a degree of magnitude greater than the rate among general college student populations.
Neuropsychological testing revealed scores among some incoming freshman college football players were consistent with those of severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients. Evidence of cognitive impairment among incoming college football players raises concern over the potential effects of cumulative exposure to head trauma and the increased risk associated with continued participation in collision sports.
Concussion awareness is so prevalent, even the NFL has been forced to admit it is a real problem with horrific long-term consequences. Brain injuries of any severity should not be taken lightly. They can lead to permanent damage and the interruption of brain development. Unlike other types of mild bodily injuries, mild brain injuries such as concussions can still result in irreversible damage and a lifetime of cognitive challenges, including ADHD in college athletes.
Concussions and CTE
In addition to learning disabilities like ADD and ADHD, researchers at the VA-Bu-CLF Brain Bank in Boston University have studied hundreds of brains since 2009 to further understand Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative brain disease found in athletes, military veterans, and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma. As of today, 110 out of the 111 former NFL players who donated their brains for CTE research were diagnosed with the condition.
Unfortunately, not treating concussions or ignoring the symptoms can have a lasting impact on students. Long-term disabilities can result from even seemingly minor head injuries. These include:
- Physical impairments, such as ongoing balance issues and episodes of vertigo;
- Cognitive impairments, impacting judgment and reasoning skills;
- Emotional impairments, resulting in depression, anxiety, and bouts of rage.
Concussion Injury Lawyers
Concussions or any type of head injury can have long-term health ramifications for athletes. If you or someone you care about developed ADHD as a college athletes, find out how Raizner Law can help you get the compensation you need to recover by contacting us today.