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Study: ADHD May Diminish Brain Tolerance to Subconcussive Head Impacts

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November 13, 2020Brain tolerance to repetitive subconcussive head impacts may be diminished by attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD), according to a study of soccer players recently published in the Journal of Attention Disorders.1 In high school and college athletes, ADHD increases the risk for concussion, “accompanied by amplified concussion symptoms, prolonged recovery, and impaired performance on working memory tasks.”2 The majority of college athletes with ADHD participate in contact sports, where they can “sustain several hundred to a thousand subconcussive head impacts per season.”3 Subconcussive head impacts are defined as hits to the head that don’t result in overt concussion symptoms.Researchers conducted a..

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