The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a 60 percent increase in emergency room visits by young people for injuries resulting from sports and recreational activities.
CDC researchers feel that the increase in adolescents coming to emergency rooms for brain injury care is directly related to the heightened level of brain injury awareness by adults, as parents, teachers and recreational officials are usually the ones making the decision to call emergency response teams and health care providers.
Having caretakers who understand the symptoms and the importance of early detection is essential in addressing brain injury in youngsters.
Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, have increased over the past decade from 153,375 in 2001 to 248,418 in 2009, according to a recent CDC study. The study focused primarily on playground activities, bicycling, basketball, soccer and football.
The CDC reports that between 2001 and 2009, adolescents from birth to 19 years of age were treated for non-fatal sports and recreation-related TBIs in about 173,285 cases.
- 71 percent of the emergency room visits were by males
- 75 percent of all suspected TBI and head injury cases were by adolescents
- Children under 9 years of age were treated primarily for playground and bicycle-related incidents
Common TBI Symptoms
Mild TBI symptoms may not be noticed at the time of the injury and often appear one week later or more. These include but are not limited to:
- Memory Loss
More severe TBI cases may display the following symptoms:
- Slurred speech
- Blurred vision
- Physical paralysis or spasticity
- Sleep disorders
- Chronic Pain
If you think that you or someone you know may have experienced a brain injury, it's important that you seek treatment from a health care professional as soon as possible after the incident or after symptoms appear.