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
The King-Devick Test: Is There A Reliable Test For Sports Concussions?, Mike Bryant | March 04, 2011 9:58 AM
Older NFL Players More Proof That Concussions Have Long Term Dangers?, Mike Bryant | November 29, 2009 9:18 AM
others at the Legal Examiners have pointed out:
Soccer Ball Heading Can Cause Cumulative Brain Damage, Greg Webb | January 05, 2012 8:00 AM
Hopefully, we will see continued improvement in research and development. Until then, hopefully this additional information will help.
A founding partner with Bradshaw & Bryant, Mike Bryant has always fought to find justice for his clients—knowing that legal troubles, both personal injury and criminal, can be devastating for a family. Voted a Top 40 Personal Injury "Super Lawyer" multiple years, Mr. Bryant has also been voted one of the Top 100 Minnesota "Super Lawyers" four times.