Sports-Related Concussions Increasing, Study Shows

The number of children visiting emergency departments for concussions they experienced while playing organized team sports has risen dramatically over the last 10 years, according to a new study. Experts have hypothesized that this rise may be due to an increasing number of available sports activities, increasing competitiveness in youth sports, and increasing intensity of practice and play times, said Dr. Lisa Bakhos, who conducted the research while at Hasbro Children's Hospital in Providence, R.I. However, the rise might also be a result of increased awareness and reporting of concussion incidents, she said.

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