CDC Reports Sports-related Brain Injury Increase in Kids

According to a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), emergency room visits for traumatic brain injuries resulting from sports or recreational activities has increased by 60 percent since 2001 among children and adolescents.

Director of the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Dr. Linda Degutis PH said, “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 traumatic brain injury to be seen by a health care professional.”

Most of the cases were because of injuries sustained while bicycling, playing football, basketball or soccer and engaging in other playground activities. Children nine years of age and younger were typically injured on the playground or while riding a bicycle. The amount of emergency room visits varied greatly by age and gender, however, 71 percent of all the visits were for males and 70.5 percent of the visits were for those between the ages of 10 and 19-years-old. Males were more likely to be injured through football or bicycling while females typically sustained injury through soccer, basketball or bicycling. In 2001, the number of nationwide traumatic brain injuries was 153,375 compared to 2009, which saw 248,418.

As an Everett personal injury lawyer, I hope that sharing these statistics will aid in raising awareness of this issue. If you’ve suffered an injury due to defective sports equipment or the negligence of another, speak with a personal injury lawyer after first being seen by a licensed health care professional.