Quality of Life of Following Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Youth Soccer Players

A cohort study analyzed the impact of soccer-related mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBIs) on youth health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Participants were divided into three groups: mTBI cases, orthopedic injury (OI) cases, and uninjured controls. Results showed that both the mTBI and OI groups had poorer HRQoL than the control group seven days post-injury. Players with significant post-concussive symptoms at 7 days experienced decreased HRQoL for up to 30 days. These findings suggest that while HRQoL impairments due to mTBI generally resolve within 30 days, some players may have prolonged deficits.

Image courtesy of interviewee. November 24, 2023

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