Study: Nearly 2 Million Children in the US Suffer Sports-Related Concussions Every Year
Nearly 2 million children in the United States suffer sports-and recreation-related concussions annually, and many of them may go untreated, according to a recent study.
Concussions, a form of traumatic brain injury (TBI), are common in children. Sports and recreation is a leading cause in minors 18 and younger, according to researchers. Concussions are especially dangerous in young children because they may not be able to tell you how they are feeling. You'll need to watch them carefully for any signs and symptoms.
Between 1.1 and 1.9 million sports-and-recreation-related concussions occur every year in children 18 and younger, researchers from the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Research Institute and the University of Colorado say. A concussion can cause lasting damage to the brain including memory issues and attention problems.
If you believe your child has suffered a concussion here are some of the signs and symptoms to be looking for:
· nausea or vomiting
· behavior changes
· sleep changes - more or less sleeping
· excessive crying
· loss of interest in playing or doing their favorite activities
Most importantly, if you believe your child has suffered a concussion, contact a doctor or emergency department as soon as possible. Ask yourself:
· Is my child acting normally?
· Does my child seem more sleepy or drowsy than normal?
· Has my child's behavior changed significantly?
If your child has suffered a concussion as a result of an accident, contact a lawyer right away to see how we can help.