Nearly 2 Million Concussions in Kids’ Sports Play Yearly
According to a new study led by pediatrician Dr. Mersine Bryan of Seattle Children’s Hospital, almost 2 million concussions from sports or recreational activities occur in children and teens each year in the United States with many receiving no treatment.
The study was recently published in the Journal of Pediatrics. The data suggests that between 1 million and 2 million sports and recreation related concussions occur in kids 18 years old and under each year. They estimated that half a million or more kids received treatment from only an athletic trainer or no treatment at all.
The study also found that treatment in doctors’ offices was more common than in emergency rooms. The Federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention plans to create a system to track concussion rates and trends in children and adults. In addition to getting a better picture of how big a problem concussions are nationwide, the system may help identify which sports and activities are the riskiest for children. If you or someone you know have been severely injured due to careless conduct, please contact an attorney at Kolsby Gordon.
Symptoms of Concussions usually fall into four categories: