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Concussions Make Psychosomatic Recovery Period Longer

Update Date: Apr 23, 2016 07:33 AM EDT

Concussions are normal for athletes in grueling physical sports like football, wrestling, boxing or even mixed martial arts. Such could result in an awkward fall or hit from an opponent and such is a reason why medical preventive measures are taken during post matches.

Though it is something that hardly comes as a surprise, it does also come with risks. Hence, such is a reason why athletes would normally need re-evaluation and get some time-off to recover and then requiring the proper medical clearance before they can return to action.

Football, with all the tackles and grinds in the field is not a surprising top-notcher in the study which also included other sports like soccer, lacrosse, wrestling, hockey and rugby.

In the research paper which is now published in the journal Neurology, it was found that there was another factor in play as far as the proper recovery of athletes from concussions. It turns out those athletes who had psychosomatic problems healed slower than the ones who didn’t.

In the study, the ones who suffered concussions but had psychosomatic problems needed 20 days to recover compared to the 10 days of the ones who had concussions and nothing else.

With that said, symptoms such as headaches and balance problems were singled out as the ones who needed more time to recover.

"Athletes with psychosomatic symptoms or medical complaints like aches and pains without concrete physical causes can prolong recovery time after suffering a concussion," according to a report published from HCP Live.

The findings should shed more light on why teams and sports entertainment circuits are very careful in clearing players and performers.

In the NFL, there are a lot of players who have suffered from concussion issues. Among the popular players that come to mind are players who were part of Super Bowl 50. That included Vernon Davis, Danny Trevathan and Malik Jackson who had to battle concussion to be part of the prestigious event.

In the WWE, there are a lot of stars who have suffered it as well. Leading names include Daniel Bryan who eventually went on to retire due to deteriorating health. Other notable stars include Mick Foley, the Undertaker and CM Punk who is now (technically) with the UFC.

Of the mix, Bryan was one who tried to conceal the real score on his concussion which went as far as having seizures.

"I was with him with one of his seizures after a concussion," said Bryan’s wife Brie Bella via ABC News. "It scared me so bad. I lost it."

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