Up to 1.9 million children are estimated to have concussions in the United States each year, and these injuries may be underreported among young athletes, according to a clinical report published in Pediatrics.
“While more families, physicians and coaches are aware of the health risks of a blow to the head — and more concussions are being reported — we remain concerned about players who try to tough it out without seeking help,” Mark E. Halstead, MD, FAAP, an associate professor of orthopedic surgery and pediatrics, and the director of the Sports Concussion Program at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, said in a press release. “We know from surveys that many high school athletes will continue to play after a head injury out of fear they won’t be allowed back on the field.”
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech, Inc.
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