Kids' ER visits for brain injury on rise
Atlanta, GA, United States
October 7, 2011 11:49 am EDT
Health, Injury, Health, Hospital And Clinic
The number of athletic children going to hospitals with concussions has risen 60 percent over the past decade, a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.
Bicycling and football injuries were the leading reasons for kids' traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), but health officials said that could be more related to the two sports' popularity than the activities themselves.
Children under 9 were most likely to suffer injuries on the playground, including bike riding; teenage boys were most often injured playing football or riding a bike; and teenage girls suffered the most TBI injuries playing basketball or soccer, in addition to riding a bike.
The CDC's findings, based on a survey of 66 hospital emergency departments and designed to be nationally representative, looked at non-fatal data from 2001 through 2009 for children and teenagers 19 and younger.
The report showed that the estimated number of children coming into emergency rooms with concussions rose significantly, from roughly 153,000 in 2001 to nearly 250,000 in 2009.
The CDC started "Heads Up" in 2003, a youth concussion awareness campaign targeting doctors. It has since expanded the focus to coaches and school officials in an effort to stem the rise and prevent TBIs.
The report was published Friday in the CDC's weekly Morbidity and Mortality Report.
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