Understanding Concussions

Colorado School of Public Health researcher, Dawn Comstock, PhD, found evidence that athletes at playing at higher altitudes suffer fewer concussions than those at sea-level. The initial findings suggests that at high altitudes athletes less space in their skull so the brain moves less.

Looking at concussion statistics from athletes playing at multiple altitudes across the U.S., they found that there was a 31 percent decrease in concussion rates among all high school sports played above altitudes of 600 feet.


In 2014, Comstock was invited to the White House to speak at the Health Kids and Safe Sports Concussion Summit.

Read the full story, “Study shows first link between altitude and concussion,” by David Kelly on the CU Anschutz Today website.