STATES CHRONICLE – The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research data states that emergency rooms annually see over 248,000 diagnosed cases of concussions in teens and children.
Currently, medical specialists speculate that the actual number of yearly cases of concussion in children and teens could well be double the number of registered diagnoses. The reason why so many cases of concussions are slipping between the cracks is due to the fact that adults and supervisors do not always identify accidents as being that bad.
Children And Teenagers Quickly Recover From Concussions
Licensed health officials are not startled by the hypothesis, however. Children between the age of 10 and 15 years old will usually quickly recover from mild concussions. Anything more severe than a mild concussion would also be obviously noticeable in the child’s behavior. Teenagers between the age of 15 and 19 years old are also able to quickly bounce back after some respite.
In the past years, in average 56 percent of all concussions in children and teenagers were diagnosed in an emergency room, and 29 percent in a licensed physician’s office. The difference in proportion is clearly showing that concussions in children and teens are taken very seriously by their parents and guardians.
Most importantly, the reason why medical specialists are not too bothered with the numbers is because the main causes for the concussions were outdoors physical or sports activities. These activities give children and teens more health benefits than the drawbacks brought by a potential mild concussion.
Nevertheless, orthopedists thoroughly advise children, teens, parents, and guardians to ensure that helmets and other protective equipment are used during physical activities whenever actual damage could be inflicted.
The same calm attitude cannot be had when considering that the number of total concussions among children and teens are not almost five times greater than they were in 2010. Doctors say, however, that the numbers are easily justifiable.
In order to combat the obesity crisis that the United States are dealing with, the majority of middle schools and high schools have introduced several sports programs which have had greater appeal to the youth of today. Many of the sports also have an aggressive side which would lead dedicated athletes to report multiple mild injuries per season.
Apart from that, doctors say, children and teens have been roaming with their faces buried in their smart devices a lot more since 2010, leading them to all manner of accidents.
There is currently no evidence to prove that the increasing rate of concussions in teens and children is due to abuse or mental aloofness.
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