Health
10:26 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Study: High School Athletes at High Elevations Suffer Fewer Concussions

 

A new study shows high school athletes, like football and ice hockey players, suffer fewer concussions at higher altitudes.
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Researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health have found high school athletes competing at higher elevations suffer fewer concussions than their sea-level counterparts. The reason: a phenomenon attributed to physiological changes in the brain that causes it to fit more snuggly in the skull. The results showed a 31 percent decrease in concussion rates among athletes playing at 600 feet above sea level, and higher. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Dr. Dawn Comstock. She co-authored the study.