Pediatric Concussions: Not Just from Sports

Pediatric Concussions: Not Just from Sports

A broad range of activities can cause a concussion. Sports is not the only thing thing that can cause a brain injury.

A broad range of activities can cause a concussion. Sports is not the only thing thing that can cause a brain injury

CHOP did a study that shows concussions can be caused by a wide variety of activities children engage in on a daily basis. It shows that with even though 70 percent of all brain injuries were related to sports and recreational activity, 30 percent were due to non-sports and non-recreational related activities.

In the study of children with concussions, more than 1,500 children under the age of 17 who were seen for medical evaluation at CHOP.

40 percent of all concussions were caused by high impact sports like Soccer and Football. The rest of the remaining concussions were caused by non-contact (non-intentional) activities like playground, gym, car accidents, etc...

“Clinicians and school-based personnel need to be aware of the fact that concussions also happen in life and not just sports, and must also have the appropriate index of suspicion for diagnosing these injuries.” said Christina Master, MD, senior study author and a pediatric primary care sports medicine specialist at CHOP.

“This study tells us that we need to extend traumatic brain injury prevention and management outside of youth sports to ensure all children who sustain a concussion receive the necessary care to return to daily childhood activities including school and play,” says Juliet Haarbauer-Krupa, PhD, study lead author and senior health scientist at CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

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