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Are Kids Getting More Concussions Than We Realize?

Are kids getting more concussions than we realize?

A brief summary of current research.

Nonfatal Playground-Related Traumatic Brain Injuries Among Children, 2001–2013

Tabitha A. Cheng, Jeneita M. Bell, Tadesse Haileyesus, Julie Gilchrist, David E. Sugerman, Victor G. Coronado Pediatrics Jun 2016, 137 (6) e20152721; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2015-2721

Every year, almost half a million children across the United States visit emergency rooms for concussions. But recent studies find that number may undercount just how many kids really have concussions. This study, published in the June 2016 edition of the journal Pediatrics, estimates that the number of concussions among those 18 years old and younger is higher, possibly between 1.1 million and 1.9 million annually.


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