According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an estimated 1.1 million to 1.9 million U.S. children and teens are treated for a recreational or sport-related concussion every year.
Recently, the AAP cited the latest research into the incidence and treatment of these injuries in the report, “Sport-Related Concussion in Children and Adolescents,” in the November issue of Pediatrics. Research has shown that sports-related concussions remain common in nearly all sports at, all levels and the most incidents occur in boys’ tackle football and girls’ soccer, followed by other high-contact sports.
Over the last few years, guidance on treatment and recovery of injured players has evolved. The AAP report discusses the latest research on recommendations, which now call for reducing – but not eliminating – a return to some physical and cognitive activity in the days following a concussion. Managing the injury can shorten recovery time and potentially reduce the risk of long-term symptoms and complications that interfere with school, social life and more. There is no research that shows use of electronics, such as computers, television, video games or texting, is harmful after a concussion. Complete elimination of electronics may lead to a child feeling isolated, depressed or anxious.
According to the AAP, while there is a national focus on health risks of concussions and mild traumatic brain injury has increased awareness and led to state legislation, much remains unknown. Further research is needed on sport-related concussions and more specific recommendations on methods of diagnosis and treatment are included in the report.
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