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According to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the last 10 years emergency department visits for recreation- and sports-related traumatic brain injuries has increased by 60% among children and adolescents. Experts at the CDC believe the increase is due to more adults becoming aware that the young individuals needed to be seen by a health care professional.The CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report revealed that traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) increased from 153,375 in 2001 to 248,418 in 2009, with the main activities contributing to TBIs being football, bicycling, soccer, playground activities and basketball.

Linda C. Degutis, Dr.P.H., M.S.N., director of CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, explained:
"We believe that one reason for the increase in emergency department visits among children and adolescents may be a result of the growing awareness among parents and coaches, and the public as a whole, about the need for individuals with a suspected TBI to be seen by a health care professional."

Throughout this eight-year period, each year in U.S. emergency departments, roughly 173,285 individuals aged zero to 19 years were treated for non-fatal sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries.

Emergency department visits for sports- and recreation-related TBIs varied by gender and age group:
  • Males contributed to 71% of all visits
  • 70.5% of visits were among those aged between 10-19 years
  • The most common injuries for children aged 0 to 9 years were sustained whilst riding bicycles and playground activities.
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