Concussions among kids and teens underestimated: Research

A new study has highlighted that prevalence of head injuries among American youth has not been highlighted as it should have been. Around two million US children and teenagers may suffer conclusion on annual basis.

Study researchers from the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Research Institute along with colleagues from the University of Colorado have based their findings on the assessment of three national databases having injury information provided to different healthcare settings.

From the data, the researchers have estimated between 511,590 and 1,240,972 SRRCs have been untreated in children aged under 18 every year. The researchers have also unveiled that more than half a million of these head injuries are not seen

in emergency rooms or by physicians.

Nearly 378,000 were seen by doctors; from 115,000 to 167,000 were treated in emergency rooms and around 3,000 to 5,000 were hospitalized. Between 500,000 and 1.2 million concussions have beenm reported to certified athletic trainers.

Study’s lead researcher Dr. Mersine Bryan, a pediatrician at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital, was of the view that there is not complete clarity on how many concussions take place from sports and recreation every year as not many of them are reported.

Bryan mentioned, “Better surveillance for concussions due to sports and recreational activities is needed, so we can understand how kids are getting concussions and ways we can prevent concussions”.

Concussion cases have been divided into different categories like if medical records mentioned a sport then it is categorized as a sports-related then whether the injury was from a fall, collision or another mechanism.

In the case of head injury has taken place on playground-type setting or from activities due to bicycling or skateboarding then it was deemed recreation-related. Dr. John Kuluz from Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami said that one of the main issues is that many doctors do not use the code for concussion and they use a code like closed head injury that is easier to stick on.

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