Whether on the grid iron or on the playground; children of all ages remain at risk of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).
The injuries can cause long-term physical, emotional and cognitive consequences and a young person’s developing nervous system and thinner skull can put them at higher risk of those effects.
According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), TBI’s sent nearly 2 million children to the emergency room between 2010 and 2016.
The leading causes are from football, bicycling, basketball, playground activities and soccer.
While all these activities carried a risk, experts say contact sports resulted in nearly twice as many emergency visits
The CDC says boys are twice as likely as girls to get a brain injury. The risk also increases with age with children between 10 and 17 having the highest rate.
The CDC has issued guidelines on their website for diagnosing and treating children with traumatic brain injuries.