Concussion risk is lower for teen athletes at higher altitudes

12/10/2013 | U.S. News & World Report

Among high school athletes playing at altitudes of 600 feet and above, rates of concussion were 31% lower compared with those who play nearer to sea level, according to a study in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. High altitude was also linked to fewer concussions specifically among football players. It is possible that mild brain swelling caused by the increasing altitude may cause the brain to fit snugly in the skull, protecting it from too much movement when being hit in the head, researchers said.

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