Concussions in High School Students

Spring is on its way, and while great weather is an anticipated outcome, it is also the proper season for many sports. Sports are a favorite among many Americans, whether it is playing it professionally or for daily exercise. Despite the positive and healthy aspects of playing sports on a regular basis, there are some injuries associated with sports that are concerning. This is much more serious when discussing youth sports and the higher risk of long-term brain damage. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2017, 15% (approximately 2.5 million) of students reported having at least one concussion in the previous year, with 6% of students reporting more than one concussion. Furthermore, male students, and students who play team sports are at a higher risk of concussions than females and those who do not. 

There was a positive correlation between the likelihood of a student reporting a concussion and the more team sports that the student participated in. Fostering an environment where students and individuals of all ages can feel comfortable enough to bring any injury (especially head injury) to the attention of their coach/medical staff/guardian etc. By having this environment, players can avoid being shamed for being injured and they can get the treatment they need in the proper timeframes. Also, the CDC’s data will more adequately represent the amount of concussions, therefore providing better understanding of where these injuries occur the most and potentially how to treat them.  

Sources: CDC