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.