Summary: In Denmark the association of concussion with cognitive ability (CA) and educational level was investigated through the epidemiological-cross-linkage of national computer registers of 130,420 young men appearing before the Danish draft board during the period 2006-2010. CA was determined by national standardized tests. Concussions were identified as those men treated either in an Emergency Department (e.g. A&E Unit) or a hospital ward with this diagnosis. The 3,067 men who had suffered a concussion had a significantly lower CA than the total cohort. Only 30-36% of concussed men attended college compared with 48% of the non-concussed group. The authors concluded that lower CA, and especially lower educational level, were risk factors for sustaining a concussion.
Cognitive ability and educational level in relation to concussion: a population study of young men
Citation: Teasdale, TW and Frosig, JA. 2013. Cognitive ability and educational level in relation to concussion: a population study of young men. BMJ Open 9:3(3)