Concussion Rates have Doubled Among U.S. Kids
A new study revealed that concussion rates are rising among U.S. kids and teens.
Details about the Recent Study
Philly.com is reporting that a new study, which looked at health insurance claims for almost 9 million Americans, found that concussion diagnoses more than doubled between 2007 and 2014.
The most significant jump was seen among 10- to 14-year-olds, whose injury rate more than tripled, the study found. The question remains whether the increase is a reflection of a true rise in the number of injuries or in increase in diagnoses or both. The causes of those concussions are unknown, according to lead researcher Dr. Alan Zhang, of the University of California, San Francisco.
But, Zhang said, head injuries from sports and other physical activities – such as bike riding and skateboarding – are likely the main drivers. In recent years, sports-related concussions have received a lot of attention causing parents to educate themselves on how to recognize and respond to a potential concussion.
Kenneth Podell, a neuropsychologist and director of the Houston Methodist Concussion Center, pointed out that U.S. now have laws designed to ensure kids are evaluated for potential concussion symptoms. To Podell, who was not involved in the research, the increase in concussion diagnoses is a good sign.
“I see this as a positive trend,” he said. “We’re finally taking this condition as seriously as we should.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 248,000 U.S. children and teens land in the emergency room each year because of a concussion sustained in sports or recreational activities.
Signs and Symptoms of Concussions
According to information from the CDC concussion symptoms include:
- Headache or “pressure” in head.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Balance problems or dizziness, or double or blurry vision.
- Bothered by light or noise.
- Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy.
- Confusion, or concentration or memory problems.
- Just not “feeling right,” or “feeling down”.