The facts cannot be disputed, today it is estimated that 1 in 5 of children playing a full contact sport (Football, Rugby, Hockey etc) will at some point be affected by a brain trauma or what is more commonly called concussion.
Historically very little research or data was available on the long term effects of a “bump on the head”, however more and more people are having to deal with the consequences and long term effects not only to the individual but also the family unit as a whole. It is estimated that currently there are over 5.5 million Americans currently living with some form of brain trauma from the result of a concussion.
In addition to more information, we are seeing a rapid rise in the frequency of these events, in the last decade alone, the reported number of incidents in youths between the ages of 14 and 19 has risen over 200%.
It is also to be noted, that a third of the reported cases occur at practice and in more than 38% of the cases, the same child has more than one concussion per year.
We now know that concussions are cumulative, so a child with multiple concussions throughout their sporting career is a high risk individual to suffer from long term brain trauma disability and the consequences are not only life altering but they could be deadly.
It is always best to have a medical practitioner on hand to asses a incident, and always best to err on the side of caution, that way we will reduce the risk of a catastrophic head injury leading to a permanent neurological disability.