Playing sports is the best fitness exercise for you. It will keep you active, healthy and fit. But sometimes you can injure yourself when you play sports. A recent report appears in the Pediatrics, along with a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) unveils that school kids treated in hospital ERs for concussions incurred playing sports has more than doubled in just a decade.
A concussion is an injury to the brain that can cause a variety of symptoms. It’s usually caused by a blow to the head. It can happen during drills, practices and games. The typical signs and symptoms of concussion are headache, vision disturbance, dizziness, loss of balance, confusion, memory loss, ringing of ears, nausea, and sensitivity to light or noise, difficulty concentrating and feeling foggy or groggy.
About the study
Researchers studied the data received from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, which collects information from hospitals, to analyze emergency room visits for children aged 8 to 13, as well as for teenagers aged 14 to 19. Data about participation in sports were obtained from the National Sporting Goods Association.
The analysis of data showed that
- Nearly half a million ER visits for concussions occurred with children ages 8...
to 19 between 2001 and 2005.
- About half were sports-related, and 40% of sports-related concussions involved children between the ages of 8 and 13.
- Football and ice hockey were the organized sports with the most concussion injuries
- Snow skiing, bicycling, and playground injuries accounted for the most concussions occurring from non-team-related activities.
- ER visits for children ages 8 to13 doubled from about 3,800 to 7,800, and among children ages 14 to19, visits tripled from about 7,000 to 22,000
- Female athletes have a higher rate of concussions than boys who play similar sports. Though the reason is unclear.
Most people get better after a concussion without any permanent damage. However, repeated concussions can cause permanent damage. Pay proper attention while playing to avoid the concussions and related emergency visits.