Sports Related Brain Injuries on the Rise in Children & Hockey Leads the Way

There is an increase in the number of incidents of brain damage diagnosed in the past few years. A report was released recently by a trusted institute sighting how sports related visits to the emergency rooms are on the rise. 

A sample of children between the ages of nine and seventeen was taken in a combined data, according to the report. It was found that for the children that are less than 9 years old, there is a 78% increase in sports related injuries. However, for children that are between the ages of 10 and 17, the increase in these injuries was up by 45%.

In these sports related brain injuries, hockey has been witnessed to be topping the charts. Nonetheless, since 2011/12, there is a significant reduction in the rate of new head related injuries caused by hockey.

In a recent brain study, young athletes that have brain concussions tend to demonstrate minimal blood flow as well as reduced frontal lobes.

Most children who are diagnosed with brain related injuries have to see a number of specialists at the same time. They include a sports doctor, a neurologist, a physiotherapist, an osteopath, a psychiatrist and a physiologist among others depending on the level of injuries. This is both traumatic and life changing. 

More parents are taking their children to doctors making it possible for more concussion diagnoses to be made. One particular doctor in Calgary suggested that it is a high time that something is to be done about hockey and most specifically look into how children are allowed to play the game.

One of the ways suggested by the doctor, as a start, of significantly reducing brain related injuries that are caused by hockey include body checking being eliminated at the peewee level.

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