New Data on Sports and Recreation Related Traumatic Brain Injury

New Data on Sports- and Recreation-Related Traumatic Brain Injury

An estimated 283,000 children seek care in U.S. emergency departments each year for a sports- or recreation-related traumatic brain injury (SRR-TBI), according to an MMWR Report released today. The report, Emergency Department Visits for Sports and Recreation-Related Traumatic Brain Injuries Among Children—United States, 2010-2016, also found that:

Contact sports contributed to nearly half (45%) of the SRR-TBI visits examined.

Males and children aged 10-14 and 15-17 years were most likely to sustain a SRR-TBI.

Activities with the highest number of SRR-TBI visits included: football, bicycling, basketball, playground activities, and soccer.

What can be done?

Prevention efforts to reduce the risk for SRR-TBI among children are critical. Promising practices include:

  • Limiting player-to-player collisions through rule changes.
  • Teaching strategies to reduce opportunities for head impacts.
  • Using pre-participation athletic examinations to identify athletes at increased risk for TBI.

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