Pediatric concussions: 69% by boys, 30% sports-related

This is a cross-sectional study of children 0 to 19 years old diagnosed with concussion from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.

There were 144 000 concussions annually.

69% of concussion visits were by males. 30% were sports-related.

69% of patients diagnosed with a concussion had head imaging.

28% of patients were discharged without specific instructions to follow-up with an outpatient provider for further treatment.


Pediatric Concussions in United States Emergency Departments in the Years 2002 to 2006. William P. Meehan III, MDab, Rebekah Mannix, MD, MPHa. The Journal of Pediatrics.
Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE): Brain bank examines athletes' hard hits - CNN, 2012.
Image source: Illustration of the human brain and skull. Wikipedia, Patrick J. Lynch, medical illustrator, Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License 2006.

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