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More Young Athletes Going to Emergency Room

We've been hearing a lot about concussions lately, especially when it comes to our children. Now a new study finds more and more young athletes are going to the emergency room for these types of injuries.

When it comes to sports, concussions do happen, especially to young players. Now a new study finds more and more children are going to the ER, because of traumatic brain injuries known as TBIs, which includes concussions.

Researchers from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center found a 92 percent increase of young people who visited emergency departments between 2002 and 2011.

But they also found that of the youngsters and teens who were admitted during the later years of that time period, the number of severe injuries was down.

The study, which is published in this week's edition of the Journal Of Pediatrics, looked at more than 3,800 children and teens who went to Cincinnati's Children's Hospital with sports related injuries. Although the severity of the injuries decreased over the years, the number of TBIs increased in general.

The study quotes CDC statistics showing TBI is responsible for approximately 630,000 emergency visits, more than 67,000 hospitalizations, and 6,100 deaths in children and teens each year.
So it's important for parents to know the signs of these injuries, such as confusion, slurred speech or fatigue after a head injury.


(Holly Firfer for CNN's Health Minute)

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