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CINCINNATI -- A new story by researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital may alarm some parents.
The study “Neurocognitive Test Performance and Symptom Reporting in Cheerleaders with Concussions” found that there was a 92 percent increase in pediatric visits to hospital ERs involving sports-related traumatic brain injuries from 2002 to 2011.
The doctors performing the study used a group of female cheerleaders to determine the effects the TBIs had on the girls’ health and abilities.
According to ABC News, while the overall severity of the cases appears to be decreasing, the level of concern among parents and coaches is higher and in most cases, is warranted when it comes to sports-related head injuries.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are more than a half a million ER visits annually for traumatic brain injury in children, and sports-related head injury is a significant contributor to these visits.
According to the ABC news report and the CDC, parents and coaches should remove the child from play right away if they suffer a head injury.
They should also go to an ER immediately if the child experiences loss of consciousness, decrease in alertness, seizure, persistent vomiting, change in behavior, worsening headache or any worsening change that raises concern.
The families should also see a pediatrician if there are any lingering symptoms and not allow a child to return to play until a physician Oks it.
The CDC is advocating that doctors, parents and coaches should work together to increase detection of sports-related head injuries.
To read the ABC News report in its entirety, go to: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2013/09/30/sports-related-brain-injuries-landing-more-kids-in-ers/
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