As San Diego child injury attorneys, we are concerned by a new report indicating
that emergency room visits for sports- and recreation-related traumatic
brain injuries among children and adolescents have increased by 60 percent
since 2001. In 2009, the number of traumatic brain injuries was 248,418,
compared to 153,375 in 2001.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the authors
of the study, the majority of hospital visits were due to injuries associated
with bicycling, football, playground activities, basketball, and soccer.
For children ages nine and younger, most injuries occurred during playground
activity (For more information about playground safety, please see our
previous blog post available here.) or while bicycling.
The number of emergency room visits varied by age and gender:
- 71 percent of all visits were among males
- 70.5 percent of visits were among persons aged 10–19 years
Injuries in children ages 10 to 19 also varied by activity and gender.
Injuries among males most often occurred while playing football or bicycling,
while females sustained injuries most often while playing soccer or basketball,
or while bicycling.
Research indicates that children with a traumatic brain injuries may take
longer to recover and are at greater risk of serious and long-lasting
consequences compared to adults. While symptoms may appear mild, the injury
can lead to significant life-long impairment affecting an individual’s
memory, behavior, learning, as well as emotions.
Of course, all of these symptoms are compounded if the child does not receive
prompt and appropriate medical treatment.