A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a report indicating emergency room visits are on the rise for kids with sports and recreation-related brain injuries, like concussions.
Nearly 250,000 children were taken to the ER with concussions and other brain injuries in 2009, compared to just 150,000 in 2002!
At first glance, this looks awful. What's the deal here? Are sports becoming rougher and tougher?
According to Dr. Julie Gilchrist, a pediatrician at the CDC and lead author of the study, parents and coaches are just becoming smarter: