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More Young Athletes with Traumatic
Brain Injuries seen in Emergency Room

from the Centers for Disease Control

More than 248,000 children visited hospital emergency departments in 2009 for concussions and other traumatic brain injuries related to sports and recreation, 62 percent more than in 2001, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bicycling, football, playground activities, basketball and soccer were the primary sports involved. One reason for the increase may be growing awareness among parents and coaches about the need to be seen by a health professional, CDC said. The agency recently developed a free online course for clinicians aimed at helping young athletes with concussion achieve optimal recovery. In related news, the Institute of Medicine released a report calling for additional research on the potential value of cognitive rehabilitation therapy for treating traumatic brain injury, particularly for soldiers and veterans. The number of military service members diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury nearly tripled from 2000 to 2010, to more than 30,700, the report notes. more

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