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The Brain Injury Epidemic
Learn the Signs of Concussion
New Video Resource Page


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When In Doubt, Sit Them Out!
Overcoming the Rising Tide of Brain Injuries in Youth Sports

SURGEON GENERAL’S WARNING: Youth sports may be dangerous to your child’s health, and can cause permanent brain injury or even death.

Imagine finding this label on the new glove, football or hockey stick you just purchased for a young athlete. No one is proposing such drastic measures yet, but public health officials are sounding the alarm on what they are calling a national epidemic — an estimated 300,000 youth sports-related concussions each year. While most of these young gladiators make a full recovery, a growing number haven’t been so lucky. To better protect the young athletes in your life, You Should Know The Four Rs of sports concussions: recognize, remove, refer and return. Learn more now.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are teaming up with youth athletic organizations to better identify and treat concussions in youth sports.  
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By the Numbers
Second Leading Cause

Sports are second only to auto accidents in causing brain injuries to people ages 15 to 24. Football, lacrosse and soccer lead the way for boys; soccer, basketball and lacrosse for girls.

Source: Concussions Among U.S. High School and Collegiate Athletes, Journal of Athletic Training, 2007

60 Percent Increase

Emergency room visits for sports- and recreation-related brain injuries have risen 60 percent in the past decade among children and adolescents.

Concussions in Sports and Play, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

5-Day Minimum

Experts recommend a minimum five-day recovery period of graduated activity with no signs of a concussion before returning an athlete to play.

Sources: Sport-Related Concussion in Children and Adolescents, Pediatrics

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Heads Up: Concussion Clearinghouse for Youth Sports
Heads Up from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the online clearinghouse for concussion information and resources for coaches, parents and athletes involved in youth sports.

Take the Pledge to Prevent Youth Sports Injuries
STOP Sports Injuries is a coalition created to prevent athletic overuse and trauma injuries in kids. Here you’ll find videos, tip sheets and articles, plus an interactive pledge to advocate safety in youth sports.

Group Says Brain Injuries Misdiagnosed, Misunderstood
The Brain Injury Association of America is dedicated to raising national awareness of brain injury. Its network of state affiliates and local chapters provides help for individuals with brain injuries, their families and the professionals who serve them.

In the Know Resource Center
Watch videos, download fact sheets and share your thoughts on youth sports injuries and concussions.
Athlete Tells His Story
Collegiate athlete, trainer and coach Phil Wirtjes talks about his lifetime experiences with youth sports injuries.

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