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Young Athletes at Risk for Concussions

by Lindsay Hutton

If your child plays an organized sport, you know the importance of wearing a helmet. But, new reports show your child's risk of getting a concussion are higher than ever before. Do you know what signs and symptoms to look for if your child suffers a head injury?

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Concussion Statistics Among Young Athletes


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 3.6 million athletes of all ages report symptoms of concussions each year. So, why is that number so high? Have sports gotten rougher, or have coaches and parents just become more aware of head injuries?

The answer is both. Part of this stems from the fact that sports are becoming more intense than in years past, in both practice and competitions. Parents and coaches have also become more aware of brain injuries and their symptoms, making it more common for children to be sent to the hospital. And more children and teenagers are getting involved in sports than ever before, with the National Federation of State High School Associations reporting that almost 7.6 million students play high school sports.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) identified football as the sport with the most head injuries, accounting for 6 out of every 10 reported cases. Soccer, hockey, and lacrosse are also considered sports with a high concussion or head injury rate.

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