Mild brain injury with loss of consciousness has long-term effects.
Mild tramatic brain injuries (TBIs) in children can produce not so mild consequences. Researchers have found that 8-15 year old children with mild TBI experience significantly more headaches, inattention, and forgetfulness during the following year than children with extremity fractures. The risk was highest in those who had lost consciousness.
PositiveTip: Children should wear protective head gear when engaging in activities with a risk of head injury.
Football a dangerous sport for 12-17 year olds.
A study of football injuries in children ages 6-17 between 1990 and 2007 found that the majority of injuries (78%) occurred in the ages 12-17. The most frequent type of injury was sprains and strains (31%), followed by fractures and dislocations (28%), and soft tissue injuries (24%). There were 8631 concussions annually! Total injuries actually increased from 274,094 in 1990 to 346,772 in 2007.
PositiveTip: Parents should make sure proper safety precautions are in place at school or discourage their children from playing contact sports.
A careful physician exam can mean the difference between life and death in sports concussions.
The increasing number of sports injuries occurring in junior high and high school students has prompted the American Academy of Neurology to issue a new position statement recommending that any athelete having a concussion be removed from participation, examined by a physician with experience in concussion management, and explicitly be cleared before being allowed to participate again.
PositiveTip: Parents of teenage athletes must acquaint themselves with the symptoms of concussion and take their child to a physician immediately should these been seen.