Child Concussions Treated at California Hospitals Increase 73 Percent

kids playing footballAccording to California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, the number of children between ages nine and 13 receiving treatment for sports concussions in the state went up 73 percent from 2005 to 2015. There were 6,139 reported cases in 2015 alone.

Many leading physicians consider the increase to be a positive trend, indicating that parents and coaches are taking the issue more seriously and are more aware of the warning signs of concussions.

The fact that all 50 states passed a youth sports concussion law in 2014 may play a role in the increased number of children receiving treatment. These laws often require that the child be removed from a game or play if officials or coaches suspect a concussion. Some also require that a doctor determine when a child who has been injured can safely return to game play.

Nationwide Increase in Concussion Rates

The announcement comes shortly after a recent study from the University of California, San Francisco, that revealed that concussion rates have significantly increased nationwide.

According to study results, the concussion rate among U.S. children more than doubled between 2007 and 2014. Children ages 10 to 14 saw the most significant increase, followed closely by those who are 15 to 19 years old.

Because the study focused on a broad cross-section of the population, rather than only sports-related concussions, the exact cause of the increase in unknown.

Signs and Symptoms of a Concussion

Concussions can have significant impact on a child’s brain, and, unfortunately, the signs and symptoms are not always immediately noticeable. Most people assume that all concussions result in passing out. However, 90 percent of those who have a concussion do not lose consciousness, which can make it difficult to determine whether or not a child has a concussion.

It is important that parents, guardians, and coaches keep an eye out for the following signs and symptoms of a concussion:

  • Strange behavior
  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Poor balance
  • Fatigue or suddenly becoming sleepy
  • Ringing in the ears

If you suspect that your child suffered a concussion while playing sports, take him or her to the emergency room for a medical evaluation.

If you believe that your child suffered a concussion due to someone else’s negligence, or that their injury was made worse because of negligence, contact our personal injury lawyers today to review your claim. 

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