Signs and symptoms of concussion include headache, nausea, fatigue, confusion or memory problems, sleep disturbances, or mood changes.
According to CDC estimates,1.6-3.8 million sports and recreation related concussions occur in the United States each year.
Between 2001-2005, children and youth ages 5-18 years old accounted for 2.4 million sports-related emergency department (ED) visits annually, of which 6% (135,000) involved a concussion.
An athlete who sustains concussion is 4-6 times more likely to sustain a second concussion.
Brain injuries cause more deaths than any other sports injury.
In organized high school sports, concussions occur more often in competitive sports, with football accounting for more than 60% of concussions.
For males, the leading cause of high school sports concussion is football; for females the leading cause of high school sports concussion is soccer.
Among children and youth ages 5-18 years old, the five leading sports or recreational activities which account for concussions include: bicycling, football, basketball, playground activities, and soccer.
High school athletes’ recovery times for a sports concussion are longer than college athletes’ recovery times.
High school athletes who sustain a concussion are three times more likely to sustain a second concussion.
10% of all contact sport athletes sustain concussions yearly.
In football, brain injuries account for 65% to 95% of all fatalities. Football injuries associated with the brain occur at the rate of one in every 5.5 games. In any given season, 10% of all college players and 20% of all high school players sustain brain injuries.
87% of professional boxers have sustained a brain injury.
5% of soccer players sustain brain injuries as a result of their sport.
The head is involved in more baseball injuries than any other body part. Almost half of the injuries involve a child’s head, face, mouth or eyes.
Effects of concussion are cumulative in athletes who return to play prior to complete recovery.
Up to 86% of athletes that suffer a concussion will experience Post-Traumatic Migraine or some other type of headache pain
1.5 million Americans suffer from traumatic brain injuries.
A traumatic brain injury occurs every 15 seconds. It’s the number one cause of death in children and young adults.
Traumatic brain injuries cause 1.5 times more deaths than AIDS.
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