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Sports Related Brain Trauma on the Rise in Children

Lauren Lopez3 years ago

Fox News reports that the number of visits to the emergency room for children with sports related traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, has dramatically risen. This claim is backed by recent research that was conducted from 2002 through 2011 and published in the medical journal Pediatrics.

Sports TBI Study Research and Findings

  • Researchers in the study analyzed data on 3,800 children and teenagers that reported to a Cincinnati hospital with sports-related TBIs.
  • During the nine year period that the study was conducted, the number of TBI related emergency room visits increased by 92 percent. Other research supports that TBIs may have negative lasting impacts on children’s health.
  • Moreover, there are now more children being admitted into the hospital for TBI related injuries.  Ten percent of children remain under hospital care being admitted for the injuries.  The hospital admissions rise is increasing proportionally with increased emergency room visits. 85 percent is the overall increase recorded over the study in sport-related TBI hospital admissions.

Leading Cuases and Contributing Factors for TBI Increase in Children

  • The leading causes for TBIs in children include sports such as football, skateboarding, roller blading, sledding, and skiing.
  • There are suggestions by medical professionals that the increase in TBI hospital visits may be due in part to parents and caregivers knowing more about the warming signs of TBIs and taking quick action to getting their child care.
  • Additionally, the CDC and NFL have made strides to educating the public on such injuries with the Heads Up campaign.
Information on Traumatic Brain Injuries

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Traumatic brain injury is a serious health problem in the United States. 
  • Approximately 1.7 million TBIs occur each year, contributing to more than 30 percent of all injury-related deaths in the U.S.
  • A TBI is caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain.
  • Children aged 0 to 4 years, older adolescents aged 15 to 19 years, and adults aged 65 years and older are most likely to sustain a TBI.
  • Almost half a million (473,947) emergency department visits for TBI are made annually by children aged 0 to 14 years.
  • Adults aged 75 years and older have the highest rates of TBI-related hospitalization and death.
Contact an Experienced Child Sports Injury Attorney

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