Almost twice as many children are being treated in the emergency room for
sports-related traumatic brain injuries than ten years ago. There is also
an increase in the amount of those children who are subsequently admitted
for observation or treatment, as physicians are avoiding the risk of harmful
radiation that comes with head CT scans. Among the common sports in which
brain injuries result in children being hospitalized include football,
skateboarding, rollerblading, baseball, and softball. Awareness of the
traumatic brain injuries and identification of signs and symptoms by parents may help explain the
rise in emergency room cases.
Where parents are proactive, the cases of childhood traumatic brain injuries
that do appear in the emergency room tend to be less severe. Parents can
be proactive by being cognizant of the dangers of brain injuries, which
include disability and death. Parents can also take a proactive role by
being quick to identify possible signs and symptoms, which include:
HThe Increase of ER Visits for Childhood Traumatic Brain Injuries and Decrease
in Severity of Injuries
- Loss of consciousness.
- Impairments in speech, vision, hearing, motor coordination, balance, memory,
concentration, and judgment.
- Difficulty controlling emotions.