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U.S. May Be Greatly Undercounting Pediatric Concussions

New research from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights a substantial gap in how the United States currently estimates the nation’s burden of pediatric concussions. Among 0- to 17-year-olds who have a CHOP primary care physician and were diagnosed with a concussion within CHOP’s regional pediatric network, 82 percent had their first concussion visit at a primary care site, 12 percent at the emergency department, 5 percent within specialty care (sports medicine, neurology, trauma), and 1 percent were directly admitted to the hospital. Many current counts of concussion injury among children are based solely on emergency department (E.D.) visits or on organized high school and college athletics data. Thus, the authors say, we may be vastly underestimating child and youth concussions in the US.

“We learned two really important things about pediatric concussion healthcare practices,” says Kristy Arbogast, PhD, lead author and Co-Scientific Director of CHOP’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention.  “First, four in five of this diverse group of children were diagnosed at a primary care practice—not the emergency department. Second, one-third were under age 12, and therefore represent an important part of the concussion population that is missed by existing surveillance systems that focus on high school athletes.”

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North of the Border Gets It—Bans Peewee Bodychecking

There’s the tough-minded crowd, throwing all caution to the wind when it comes to concussions, and then there’s the practical-minded crowd—those folks that are beginning to see the light.

Developing brains don’t need trauma. Besides, when it comes to the sport of hockey, the percentage of those 11 and 12-year olds that will ever play in the NHL is miniscule—like all professional sports. So why take the risk? Anything that you can do to decrease the incidence of brain trauma should be implemented, and that’s what’s happening in Canada. Hockey Canada is finally taking action

Even tough guy Jim Peplinski, “best known as the co-captain (with Lanny McDonald) of the 1989 Calgary Flames team that broke a lot of Montreal hearts in a six-game Stanley Cup final,” gets it. He has gone so far as to call “for a nationwide ban on bodychecking until at least age 16 to cut down on the concussion rates.”

Everyone should read this article. It’s insightful, and more importantly tempers the dream with reality. Go to –


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