CONCUSSIONS IN YOUTH SPORTS AND RECREATION
Nonfatal traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) related to youth sports and recreation acticities have seen an ever-increasing amount of public and media attention--and for good reason. Youth are at risk for TBIs and are more likely to have a severe and prolonged recovery.
173,285: Number of emergency department visits for sports and recreation-related TBIs made annually by children aged 0-19 years.
95,043: Increase in annual emergency department visits for sports and recreation-related TBIs from 2001 to 2009 - a 62% increase in a decade.
31: Percentageof sports and recreation-related injured that occurred in a sports facility.
6.5: Percentage of all youth sports and recreation-related injuries that were TBIs in the past decade
26,212: Number of annual emergency department visitings for sports and recreation-related TBIs caused by bicycking -- the highest of all youth sports and recreation activities.
153: Number of annual emergency department visits for sports and recreation related TBIs caused by bolwing---the lowest of all sports and recreation activities.
5,484: Number of annual TBIs caused by playground injuries in children under the age of 4, making playground activities the most commom cuase of TBIs in that age group.
11,477: Number of annual sprots and recreation -rlated TBIs that require hospitalization or transfer.
71: Percentage of all annual sprots and recreation -related TBIs that affect male youth, making them more than wice as likley to suffer from a TBI than female youth.