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Over time, it seems that many youth organizations are finally getting the message that we really need to watch out for concussions. The donation of brains by athletes who have been injured in the past will allow more research and also will highlight the real danger of untreated concussions.

Recent studies also suggest that more children are bing 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, the 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:

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

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