Child Concussions Increase Rate

By: Susan Harris
Staff Writer
Published: Aug 31, 2021

Child concussions increase at a rate that more than doubles due to elite youth sports.

Child concussions increase rate. A recent health study reveals an increase in child concussions caused by elite youth sports. The increase rate for child concussions have more than doubled.

Concussions among children are on the rise. The number of kids seeking emergency medical care has more than doubled from 2001 to 2005. Much of the increase is due to middle and even elementary school students who are playing in competitive youth leagues.

The increase across the country are in youths between the ages of 8 and 13-years-old. There were 502,000 cases of children and teens visiting emergency departments for concussions between 2001 and 2005. Nearly half of those visits were for concussions related to sports and other recreational activities.

"The true number was almost certainly higher. However, because studies that rely on ER visits to track brain injuries don't include cases in which parents waited to bring their children to a doctor the next day or never brought them to a physician at all," UCLA pediatric neurologist Christopher Giza said in a statement. Children who face this injury may take longer to heal, and health experts say it could do more damage in adolescents than adults.

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