Greg Olson (not the Chicago Bear tight end) of the Jacksonville Journal-Courier posted an educational piece about concussions and kids titled; “New Focus put on Concussions in Kids, Teens”
There were about 502,000 emergency room trips for concussions among 8- to 19-year-olds from 2001 to 2005, with about a third of those being 8- to 13-year-olds, according to a study in the medical journal Pediatrics.
Some North County hospitals, like those in the rest of the country, are seeing a spike in emergency room visits by young athletes who may have concussions, a sign that parents and students are taking head injuries more seriously than ever before.
North County Times, out of San Diego, CA ran this story about the increase in visits to the hospital for possible concussions.
They also cited a Pediatrics study, recently found in the journal, saying that hospital visits for possible concussion has doubled-tripled in the ten-year span of the study (1997-2007).
Awareness is getting better!