MANY CHILD ATHLETE CONCUSSIONS ARE NOT TREATED

“Concussions, a form of traumatic brain injury (TBI), are common in children, with sports and recreation as a leading cause in this age group.[1,2] The incidence of sports- and recreation-related concussions (SRRCs) in the United States is unknown; however, most epidemiologic studies indicate that a large number of SRRCs occur each year.[3–7] More than 44 million youth participate in sports annually, and thus understanding the frequency of SRRCs in children and adolescents is important on a population level.[1,8]

“RESULTS: We estimate that between 1.1 and 1.9 million SRRCs occur annually in US children aged ≤18 years. Most children with SRRCs, 511 590 to 1 240 972, were not seen in health care settings. Of children with SRRCs seen in health care settings, most were seen as outpatients with 377 978 visits, compared with between 115 479 and 166 929 ED visits, and between 2886 and 4936 hospitalizations.”

“CONCLUSIONS: This study provides the most accurate and precise estimate to date of the number of concussions among US children annually. SRRCs are a common injury in children. Providers in all health care settings need to be trained in concussion care. There is a need for better surveillance to enhance our understanding of the epidemiology of concussions in youth.” [Sports- and Recreation-Related Concussions in US Youth BY Mersine A. Bryan, Ali Rowhani-Rahbar, R. Dawn Comstock, Frederick Rivara, on behalf of the Seattle Sports Concussion Research Collaborative, Pediatrics, June 2016]

“Researchers from the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Research Institute, together with colleagues at the University of Colorado, found that between 1.1 and 1.9 million children may suffer an SRRC every year.

“The researchers came to these findings, published in the medical journal Pediatrics, after analyzing three national databases that contained injury information reported to various healthcare settings, including emergency departments, inpatient and outpatient medical providers, and certified high school athletic trainers.

“Alarmingly, researchers estimated that between 511,590 and 1,240,972 SRRCs went untreated in children under 18 each year”.

Please read the entire report: [Many Sports-Related Concussions May Go Untreated in Children, Study Finds BY DR. MARYAM JAHDI, Jun 20, 2016, ABC News]

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