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CDC to Create a New Concussion Tracking System

By: Allan M. Siegel

In the United States at least 1 million children suffer a concussion each year. However, the true number may be far higher. In fact, recent studies suggest the number is double what has previously been reported. The Journal of Pediatrics conducted the most comprehensive study to date and found that 1.1 million to 1.9 million children suffer concussions annually.

DC Concussion LawyerEven though concussion related injuries have been in the spotlight more recently, the focus on reporting and research has remained on the NFL and other professional athletes. When youth concussions are actually reported and evaluated, school organized sports are the main source considered, despite the popularity of recreational sports leagues. Many youth concussions may also happen on the playground or during other recreational activities. This means that the number of concussions reported likely represents a small piece of the full picture.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recognized this void in concussion data reporting, and is working to remedy the issue. The CDC is creating a nationwide comprehensive surveillance system that will collect concussion data. This system will focus not just on youth concussions, but will collect data across all populations. The data will then be analyzed to determine opportunities for injury intervention and risk factors. The ultimate goal is to resolve underdiagnoses issues and to provide appropriate care to all brain injury patients.

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