A new study has found that from 1997 to 2007, emergency department visits for concussion in kids aged 8 to 13 playing organized sports doubled, and the number of visits increased by more than 200 percent in older teens.
“From 2001 to 2005, there were an estimated 502,000 emergency department visits for concussion among U.S. kids aged 8 to 19 — about half of which were sports-related — and 8- to 13-year-olds accounted for about one-third of the visits, according to Dr. Lisa Bakhos and colleagues at Brown University, Injury Prevention Center and Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, who analyzed information from two national databases for the study.”
Oddly from 1997 to 2007 team sport participation declined, yet emergency room visits for concussions increased.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new guidelines for coaches, parents and doctors about how to treat concussions. (And guess what? You shouldn’t tell a kid to just shake it off!) Recommendations published in the September issue of Pediatrics include:
So which sports are the worst for concussions:
Football, basketball, soccer and ice hockey for team sports.
Bicycling, playground games and snow skiing for leisure sports.
Why do you think concussions have increased? (My husband thinks it’s purely about coaches and parents actually treating the concussions now so they are being reported.) Do you think coaches and parents take it seriously enough?
Has your child or teen ever suffered a concussion? From what sport? How did the coach treat it? Did you see a doctor? What do you think of the new guidelines?