Longer Recovery Time Needed for Younger Brain?

An adolescent athlete may need a few extra days of recovery time than her college counterpart since her brain is still developing.

There has been limited evidence to suggest that younger individuals, or younger athletes in this case, may require a slightly longer recovery time than older athletes. And by younger and older, we're really talking about a window here between, for instance, adolescence--or a middle school athlete--versus a college or professional athlete; so somewhere between the ages of, perhaps, 12 and 30. Now, to put that into perspective, by lengthier recovery time we're really talking about that in a younger adolescent or high school athlete, they may require, perhaps, 2 or 3 days longer than the college or professional athlete to reach that complete recovery. We're not talking about a long tail of extended recovery in comparison to the two groups. I think the main speculation is that the younger athlete requires more time to recover, because that's a developing brain.
Posted on BrainLine October 20, 2010.

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