Concussions, sports, and young children seem to be a hot conversation these days. So hot, that it was one of the major topics that the American Academy of Pediatrics covered last year in their annual conference. Concussions are on the rise, but why? And, if your child gets one while on the field, what should you do? Breezy Mama turned to Dr. David Kruse, a sports medicine physician with Hoag Orthopedic Institute, for some answers.
Why does there seem to be a sudden influx in head injuries?
The increased prevalence is multifactorial. Partly due to increased recognition and education regarding head injuries. Thankfully, many more cases are being identified that went previously undiagnosed. We also know that athletes are bigger and stronger and hitting with increased force at younger ages during which time their brains are more vulnerable.
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