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Thursday, April 14, 2011
Neurosurgeons Issue Position Statement on Traumatic Brain Injury in Sports at AANS Annual Scientific Meeting in Denver
While there has been increased media coverage in the last year related to head injuries incurred in the NFL as well as in collegiate and high school football, there are many sports and recreational activities that cause serious head injury. “There is a huge need to build awareness, because far too many people, including children, are suffering serious and life-altering head injuries and the incidence is increasing,” said American Association of Neurological Surgeons President James T. Rutka, MD, PhD, FRCS. Further, there is a growing body of scientific evidence that indicates that repeated blows to the head incurred in some sports cause grave consequences, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy. There were an estimated 446,788 sports-related head injuries treated at U.S. hospital emergency rooms in 2009. This number represents an increase of nearly 95,000 sports-related injuries from the prior year.The Position Statement on Traumatic Brain Injury in Sports is posted here.
The AANS has in-depth information on sports-related head injury here.
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