Emergency room visits for children and teens with sports- and recreation-related traumatic brain injuries rose 62 percent in eight years of the last decade, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The most common activities involved in the injuries were bicycling and playing football.
The number of injuries grew from 153,375 in 2001 to 248,418 in 2009.
About 71 percent of all traumatic brain injuries resulting from sports and recreation activities were among males and nearly all of them (70.5 percent) of them were between ages 10-19.
Overall, the activities associated with the greatest estimated number of traumatic brain injury-related visits to hospital emergency rooms were: bicycling, football, playground activities, basketball and soccer, according to the CDC.
When compared with adults, children and adolescents are at increased risk for brain injuries that are more serious and that involve a prolonged recovery, according to the report.
To reduce the long-term effects of traumatic brain injuries on children and teens, the CDC advises: increased awareness of these injuries from sports and recreation, using proper techniques and protective equipment and quick response to injuries.