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Concussions on the Rise for Adolescents, Researchers Say

Sustaining a concussion during adolescence may be more common than previous estimates, according to researchers presenting their study recently at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Annual Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO.

 “Our team looked at the administrative health records of more than 8.8 million members of a large private payer insurance group and noted that 32 percent of the individuals diagnosed with concussion were between file7841289514020the ages of 10-19 years old with the largest increase in incidence between 2007 and 2014 in that age group. This is the first study to evaluate trends in concussion diagnoses across the general US population in a variety of age groups,” said lead author, Alan L. Zhang, MD from the University of California San Francisco Medical Center.

The highest incidence of concussion was seen in the 15-19 age group (16.5 cases per 1,000 patients) followed by the 10-14 (10.5 per 1,000), 20-24 (5.2 per 1,000) and 5-9 (3.5 per 1,000) age groups. Overall, there was a 60% increase in concussion incidence from 2007-2014. The largest increases were in the 10-14 (143%) and 15-19 (87%) age groups. Fifty-six percent of concussions were diagnosed in the emergency room and 29% in a physician’s office with the remainder being seen in urgent care or inpatient settings.

Zhang and his team also noted that irrespective of sport, the incidence of concussion in male patients was one and a half times higher than that in female patients.

“The rates at which concussions are rising may in part be due to the rise in youth sports participation and also better diagnostic skills/training for coaches and sports medicine professionals. This trend is alarming however, and the youth population should definitely be prioritized for ongoing work in concussion diagnosis, education, treatment and prevention,” said Zhang.

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Concussion Forum to be Held in New Jersey on Tuesday

NJ Spine and Wellness will present a lecture about the latest findings about concussions, identification of symptoms and proper management for parents, coaches, athletic trainers and directors. Entitled “2016 Central Jersey Concussion Forum,” the free lecture s offered on June 14th from 6-8pm at the Battleground Country Club in Manalapan.

Insights will be given by Kevin Saum, the creator of Heads ‘N Tails and Dr. Christine Greiss, MD, traumatic brain injury specialist and concussion program director at JFK Hospital, Johnson Rehabilitation Institute.

“This is an important forum that all parents of athletes, coaches and trainers should attend,” said Dr. Peter Bufano, D.C. of NJ Spine and Wellness. “In my experience, a concussion may not always be easily diagnosed and symptoms can occur months or even years after the event. This makes it difficult for family members, trainers and doctors to connect the dots and provide the correct treatment to this form of brain trauma. All of those who care about the athletes in the care should come to our Central Jersey Concussion Forum and engage with the speakers on hand.”

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NFL Seeks Retraction: See Letter Below

The NFL is seeking a retraction with regard to the article that was published last week, comparing the league’s actions to that of Big Tobacco when it tried to delay an established link between cigarette smoking and cancer.

And if a retraction isn’t forthcoming, the NFL seems poised to take legal action:

“We also request that the Times’s reporters and editors who worked on this story preserve their notes, correspondence, emails, recordings and work papers and all other electronic and hard copy documents generated or received in connection with their work.”

For the full letter, visit: http://www.capitalnewyork.com/sites/default/files/NFL-NYT-letter.pdf

 

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