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Study: More children visiting ER for sports concussions

from HealthDay News

Many more children are showing up at emergency departments with traumatic brain injuries — such as concussions — from sports activities, a new study finds. The number of emergency department visits for these injuries increased 92 percent between 2002 and 2011. Meanwhile, although the number of children admitted to the hospital rose in proportion to emergency department visits, the hospitalization rate held at a steady 10 percent. One bright spot in the study was that the severity of injuries decreased. And the rise in emergency department visits is probably due in part to better awareness, experts said. more

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