The number of children treated for traumatic brain injuries related to athletic activities rose by 61.9 percent from 2001-09, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bicycling, football and playground-related injuries comprised the three biggest reasons for TBIs, the report found. In addition, 71 percent of children treated for TBIs were males; 70.5 percent were between ages 10-19.
Among the report's other findings:
- All told, 248,418 children under 19 were treated for TBIs in 2009.
- On average, 91.7 percent of children with sports-related TBIs were treated and released. Roughly 6.6 percent of children were hospitalized or transferred to another facility, while 1.1 percent were simply observed; the outcomes for the remaining patients were unknown.
- The most common cause of brain injuries for boys under four years old were playground injuries; for boys ages 5-9, bicycle accidents led to the most TBIs. For boys ages 10-19, football injuries were the most common source of TBIs.
- For girls under nine years old, playground injuries led to the most TBIs; for girls ages 10-14, bicycle-related TBIs were the most common, and for girls ages 15-19, soccer-related TBIs were the most prevalent.