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In 2012, the Minnesota Department of Health has begun tracking concussions at 42 Minnesota High Schools. In the last seven weeks they have found 373 students were diagnosed as having had a concussion.

Studies have suggested that more children are being seen at ERs and at hospitals after collisions. It is suggested that this is a sign that more children are seeing early medical care. The New York Times reported that:

emergency rooms recorded an increase of visits from 153,375 in 2001 to 248,418 in 2009 among those 19 years old and younger because of traumatic brain injuries sustained in recreational activities. According to the study, these sports most likely to lead to the injuries are bicycling, football, playground activities, basketball, and soccer.

“We believe that one reason for the increase in emergency department visits among children and adolescents may be a result of the growing awareness among parents and coaches, and the public as a whole, about the need for individuals with a suspected T.B.I. to be seen by a health care professional,” said Dr. Linda C. Degutis, director of the C.D.C.’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Here are a couple of posts I've offered on the topic:

Two Very Important Websites Concerning Sports Concussions, Mike Bryant | July 22, 2012 9:39 AM

We are Doing Better with Concussions, but There is Work to Do, Mike Bryant | November 04, 2011 9:26 AM

Great Information On Brain Injuries, Mike Bryant | June 06, 2009 9:58 AM

Sports Concussions and Madden's 12, Mike Bryant | April 03, 2011 7:20 PM

The King-Devick Test: Is There A Reliable Test For Sports Concussions?, Mike Bryant | March 04, 2011 9:58 AM

Sports Concussions Need More Scrutiny, Mike Bryant | April 15, 2010 9:06 AM

Older NFL Players More Proof That Concussions Have Long Term Dangers?, Mike Bryant | November 29, 2009 9:18 AM

Sports Concussions No Laughing Matter,Mike Bryant | February 15, 2009 9:45 AM

others at the Legal Examiners have pointed out:

Why are Teens More Susceptible to Concussions?, Michael Phelan | February 29, 2012 9:54 AM

Soccer Ball Heading Can Cause Cumulative Brain Damage, Greg Webb | January 05, 2012 8:00 AM

Kids and Concussions – Prevention Tips, Greg Webb | September 01, 2011 8:30 AM

Protecting Student Athletes From Concussions Act, Mark Bello | October 01, 2010 9:56 AM

Hopefully, we will see continued improvement in research and development. Until then, hopefully this additional information will help.


  1. Gravatar for Mark

    While not all concussion events and symptoms translate through the jaw, new findings suggest many of these events may be related to an orthodontic mechanism. A grant from the U.S. Army in collaboration with Dr. Robert Cantu, may find clues to the cause and mechanisms related to CTE. Frankly, concussion is not yet been linked to this long term effect commonly found in boxers. Why it occurs, we can only theorize at this stage, due to gaps in NFL research created to disassociate boxing from football.

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