Childhood Concussions

Soccer, basketball, tennis, ice hockey; what seems to be a list of popular sports games is actually a list of common activities that result in concussions, too. The American Academy of Pediatrics reported that the number of children who suffer from concussions is on the rise. Between 1997 and 2007, emergency room visits actually doubled for kids between the ages of 8 to 13 years old who were admitted for a concussion.
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Dr. Jennifer Ashton, CBS News Medical Correspondent says that the increase in head injuries is because there are more children and teens involved in organized sports than adults. Coaches have refocused the goals of practice to be more demanding, intense, and have high competition.
Out of all competitive sports, football has the highest rates of traumatic brain injury. Interestingly, girls are at higher risk for concussion based on reports.
Dr. Ashton wrote off some concussion myths that are popularly believed. She explained that a person does not have to lose consciousness in order to have a brain injury. She adds that even if CAT scans come back normal, that the individual still needs to be aware of symptoms: headaches, sleep patterns, mood changes, anxiety, attention deficit.
The release of a study appearing in the journal, Pediatrics, reported that young athletes’ brains are especially vulnerable to injury for seven to 10 days after an initial injury or trauma. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 3.8 million sports-related concussions each year in the United States.
Bob and Lisa Gfeller lost a son to a brain injury and founded a brain injury research center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in his memory. The Gfeller Center studies healthy athletes and put them through a series of tests examining their mental capability and balance. These tests allow for comparison after a brain injury.
At ONE Brain and Spine Center, physicians thoroughly examine patients to properly diagnose and treat injuries.
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The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.

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