Lights are blinding, head pounding, a dizzy floating feeling. You have a concussion. You take the proper precautions, meet all the medical benchmarks to be cleared for a normal routine. Something is not right, you feel different. It’s harder to pay attention, focus, take notes and tests. Posted by The New York Post, a University of Wisconsin- Madison medical study, the link between concussions and academics are closely related. In the study, university students that were affected by concussions struggled 14% more in their studies. While this study didn’t consider their grades or test scores, the participants commonly had increasing trouble with focusing, time management, and note taking. This age range has been more of a question mark in the medical community. Uncovering the results of concussions on people in this age range can lead to new standards on treatment, and new ways to help these students succeed academically.
While The New York Post was the first news outlet that I saw to cover this study, it sourced the Associated Press. Upon further investigation in the Associated Press website, I found no article confirming this information. While The New York Post isn’t the most trusted news source, Politifact only has one review on them stating it’s mostly false. Light googling brought me to 2 different resources that back up the reporting of the New York Post, confirming the analysis of the study. The New York Post cites the Wisconsin State Journal; the journal contains a group of articles about concussions research. One of the articles, “Concussions linked to Academic Performance in UW-Madison students”, is written by David Wahlburg, the Wisconsin State Journal’s resident health and medicine reporter. Who also interviewed one of the leading researchers for his article. Having one of the leading researchers provides an interesting insight into what they were aiming to find in this study. Considering there are gaps in knowledge about how concussions affect this age group. According to leading researcher Traci Snedden,
By interviewing the leading researcher, the reporting of this study by The Wisconsin Journal makes it a dependable and well rounded article. Coming from a local source to the university, the advantages of this reporting and it’s accuracy are highly likely. Especially considering the added interview with the leading researcher.
Along with the original study, the researchers are surveying local high school athletes and students. This survey of younger students has the possibility of producing evidence that the medical community has long since ignored, which is the effects of concussions on younger high school athletes and their academic success. With the proper research and medical treatment, students of all ages can continue to succeed academically. While in the future, the faculty and administration can be more proactive and knowledgeable about the longer lasting effects, concussions have on student’s academic performance, and the proper techniques needed in the short term to succeed alongside their peers.