Higher elevation means fewer concussions for athletes

Higher elevation means fewer concussions for athletes

I live in the heart of the Rocky Mountains so I found this especially interesting.

A new study from the Colorado School of Public Health found that high school athletes who play at higher altitudes have fewer concussions thair those closer to sea-level.


Apparently, it's because the at higher altitudes, there are physiological changes (i.e., mild edema) that make our brains fit more tightly in our skulls. Less room to move around means fewer concussions.

So how big a difference is there? At just 600 feet above sea level (median), there was a 31 decrease in concussions for all h.s. athletes, and 30 percent decrease for h.s. football players.

Here's the study:


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