The amount of children going to emergency medical facilities for concussion-like brain injuries is up, a new study says. But, while medical visits are one the rise, the severity of the injuries has decreased, likely because of better awareness.
The study says doctors at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center saw an increase of 92 percent between 2002 and 2011. The amount of children admitted to the hospital for additional care stayed around 10 percent.
The lead author of the study, Dr. Holly Hanson, says “People and doctors are recognizing sports-related concussions more. People are recognizing the signs and symptoms. People are more aware of the complications. So people are coming in more.” (Via HealthDay)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says brain injuries are responsible for more than 6,000 kids and teenagers dying every year.
The study says most of the kids brought in suffered the head injuries from skiing, sledding, inline skating, and skateboarding. The researchers say that’s likely due to those sports not having many coaches or regulators around to make sure they’re wearing helmets. (Via Science World Report)
But, better education regarding concussions could be attributed to another sport — football.
Watchdogs are questioning an exclusive agreement between the City of Oakland and a non-profit group, tapped to lead a multi-million dollar project to redevelop the area around the Coliseum BART station.
City officials joined the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department and members of the community Thursday, December 5th, for the lighting of San Francisco’s official holiday tree, located outside historic McLaren Lodge.