Rates of concussion-related ER visits for children and teens have risen in recent years, with many concussions occurring as a result of participation in sports. An expert committee convened by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) conducted an extensive study on concussions in youth sports and found that young athletes in the U.S. face a "culture of resistance" to reporting when they might have a concussion and to complying with treatment plans, potentially endangering their well-being.
The committee’s report, Sports-Related Concussions in Youth: Improving the Science, Changing the Culture, found rates of concussions were highest in football, ice hockey, lacrosse, wrestling, soccer, and women's basketball. High-school athletes in some sports report a higher rate of concussions than college athletes. The report also found little evidence that current sports helmet designs reduce the rate of concussions.
New Report: Sports-Related Concussions in Youth