Concussion Rates Among America’s Youth have Doubled in the last five years

U.S. – According to a research conducted by nonprofit organization FAIR Health, concussions amongst children and young adults in America have been alarmingly increasing over the last five years.

More specifically, the rate in which concussions occur has been increased to 500 percent from 2010 to 2014.

For those who are not familiar with the matter, concussions constitute a type of traumatic brain injury that causes the head and brain to move back and forth at an unnatural pace, consequently leading to potential chemical changes and cell damage.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, an estimated 175,000 children have to go through emergency room treatment every year due to accidents from sports and outdoor activities.

FAIR Health’s infographic claims that for individuals aged under 22, the September-October period is the one with the highest incidence of concussions, which could be attributed to the fact that football season commences during these two months.

Furthermore, the research also found out that concussions occur to male individuals more often than the female ones, with the biggest gap taking place between ages of 5 and 10 —males at 68 percent, females at 32 percent.

Though, tables switch sides at older ages, as the study shows that female individuals aged between 19 and 22 had more concussions than their male counterparts — females at 56 percent, males 44 percent.

The results also pointed out that concussion rates are significantly higher among high school students than middle school or college students.

It is worth noting that concussions should be addressed in a very delicate manner, in order to achieve a proper recovery.

Studies have proven that when kids return injured from school, they can experience dizziness, headaches, audible and visual vulnerabilities, memory and concentration disorders, as well as unnatural sleeping patterns.

Sports and exercise are definitely beneficial for kids. We want them to be active,” Dr. Alan Zhang, of the University of California, San Francisco, who has been studying concussions amongst children for the past few years, told Philly.com.

Source: PR Newswire