One in 5 U.S. teens have had concussion

ANI | Updated: Sep 27, 2017 14:23 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], Sep 27 (ANI): A study has recently claimed that one out of five teenage kids has suffered a brain injury caused by a blow to the head while playing rugby, football or martial arts.

Researchers from the University of Michigan have confirmed from hospital emergency rooms nationwide that one out of five teens reported at least one concussion diagnosis during their lifetime and 5.5 percent have suffered it more than once.

The findings indicated that concussions among pro athletes -- especially those in the National Football League -- have increased in the last decade.

Little, however, is known about the prevalence of concussions among teens in the United States, said a researcher Phil Veliz from the Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

The team analysed data from more than 13,088 adolescents in the 2016 in grades 8, 10 and 12.

Students were asked, "Have you ever had a head injury that was diagnosed as a concussion?"

Socio-demographic variables included sex, race/ethnicity, grade level, and participation in competitive sport within the past 12 months.

The group, which included 50.2 percent female, indicated if they played at least one of 21 different sports.

The findings showed that 19.5 percent reported at least one concussion in their lifetime.

Several factors were associated with higher lifetime prevalence of reporting a diagnosed concussion - being male, white, in a higher grade, and participating in competitive sports, the study noted.

"Greater effort to track concussions using large-scale epidemiological data are needed to identify high-risk subpopulations and monitor prevention efforts," the authors wrote.

The research appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).(ANI)