ER Visits for Young Athletes With Concussions IncreaseWritten by Laura Miller | August 30, 2010
Emergency room visits for young athletes with concussions nearly doubled from 3,800 in 1997 to 8,000 in 2007, according to an American Academy of Pediatrics sports medicine council report.
Another article published in Pediatrics found that football has the highest rate of concussions. However, girls have higher concussion rates than boys do in similar sports. The article suggested extensive athlete and coach education as well as appropriately sized equipment may help decrease the incidence or severity of concussions.
Read the abstract for "Concussion in Children and Adolescents."
Read other coverage on concussion management:
- Washington Physicians, High Schools Collaborate to Assess Athlete's Concussion Severity
- Research Links ALS-Like Disease to Competitive Athletes
- 5 Strategies for Preventing Overuse Injuries in Youth Sports Medicine
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