Concussions linked to academic struggles in UW-Madison students

David Wahlberg:

UW-Madison students with concussions reported 14 percent greater academic side effects than those with other kinds of injuries, a study found.

Campus researchers are now surveying Madison-area high school athletes in the weeks after they get concussions to more closely assess the educational toll.

“This is a very important time of their life, where they’re growing independent, making career decisions and planning a future,” said Traci Snedden, a UW-Madison assistant professor of nursing leading the research. “If their academic experience is affected because of their cognitive deficits, there potentially could be long-term ramifications.”