momsTEAM – Sports Concussions: Emotional Effects
A concussion results in changes in the brain that can cause a young athlete to be more irritable, emotional, sad and/or depressed. In addition, athletes whose concussion takes more than a week to ten days to resolve - particularly teen athletes whose lives revolve around sports - are likely to have an emotional reaction to being away from sports and their friends for an extended period. The combination can lead a concussed athlete to experience serious emotional problems, even to the point of threatening suicide.
Parents and schools, says sports concussion neuropsychologist, Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, PhD, therefore need to watch for signs of depression, and be pro-active in providing support for emotional issues resulting from concussion.