Presented at the annual American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine meeting in June, a recent study reports that concussion rates in children have doubled.
The study, based on health insurance claims for almost 9 million American households between 2007 and 2014, showed concussion rates doubling in diagnosis. However, it’s still a question of whether the increase reflects a rise in the number of injuries or in diagnoses. Or both.
Lead researcher Dr. Alan Zhang noted the most significant jump was seen among the 10-14 year old demographic. This group’s rate more than TRIPLED.
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It makes us wonder if this could be from trying to perform tricks or stunts seen online or possibly more sports-related concussions. Either way, the numbers are alarming, although they could just point to more education on concussions and proper diagnosis as mentioned above.
Since 2009, all states in the U.S. have passed laws targeting concussion in high school and younger athletes. These “return-to-play” laws typically require athletes to be removed from a game if a concussion is suspected. They also usually require a doctor’s OK before returning to the sport, according to the CDC.
In 2007, the first year analyzed in the new study, those laws did not exist.