Adolescent Injury Research

Appearing in Clinical Pediatrics this past month a study that looked at the injuries sustained in football that were ending up in hospital emergency departments.  During the season a sobering 2,000 adolescents are treated in the ED’s every day, that is every day.  Meaning kids aged 6-17 playing football will end up in the ED at some point during their career.

As they looked at the overall visits; Dr. Lara McKenzie and the research team from Nationwide Children’s Hospital also broke down the injuries with sprains/strains and fractures consisting of 59% of the problems.  Of course they did look at concussions and found that 8,631 reports each year;

“Prevention and treatment of concussions are the focus of many discussions at every level of play – from the junior level all the way up to the National Football League. Our data shows that young athletes are at risk for concussions,” said Dr. McKenzie, also a faculty member at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. “Every day during football season, an average of fifty-seven 6 to 17 year olds are treated in U.S. emergency departments for football-related concussions. The potential long-term consequences of this type of injury make this an unacceptably high number.”

57 is a very eye-opening number to see in the ED’s, and with what we know now how many are going unreported?

One thought on “Adolescent Injury Research

  1. brokenbrilliant April 26, 2011 / 05:35

    Good info –

    This report leads me to believe that schools should routinely screen students with behavior and academic issues (especially problems that appear “suddenly”) for concussion/head injury, and develop approaches to respond appropriately.

    But I have the sense that the approaches would need to be fairly individualized (not just shuttling kids off into special ed programs — as I was, in grade school), and also adaptable, so that the students who are “flagged” as concussed or otherwise neurologically impacted don’t get shoe-horned into an academic path that holds them back, rather than advancing them.

    At the very least, there should be a steady flow of good, quality, accurate information for schools — and parents and students especially — to help them at least understand what can happen with concussion.

    Or… we can just stand by and let thousands of kids struggle and suffer alone, without any help or information whatsoever. I’ve been there — I spent my youth there — and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.

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