Each year about half of a million children suffer mild brain injuries. A new report says that, when a child has a head injury, there may be more damage than we initially suspect.
“The majority of kids in the study were injured in sports or recreational activities,” said Keith O. Yeates, PhD, director of Behavioral Health Services at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and one of the study authors. FoxNews.com. “A small number were injured in motor vehicle accidents, but most were sports-related or falls. Not all mild traumatic brain injuries are alike. It’s important to assess risk factors for symptoms that persist.”
Young people with mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) are at heightened risk of developing postconcussive symptoms, including cognitive symptoms such as inattention and forgetfulness, report researchers.
Mild TBIs are common in children and adolescents, and every year more than 500,000 young people under the age of 15 sustain head injuries that require hospital care.
Health providers need to be able to identify children with mild TBI who are at risk for persistent postconcussive symptoms so that they can target such children for appropriate management.
The prospective, longitudinal study was published online March 5, 2012 in Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.
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Bill Daniels is a trial lawyer and shareholder with the law firm of DANIELS LAW in Sherman Oaks, CA. A graduate of Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, he is a former member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Board of Governors, a founding member of Loyola’s Civil Justice Program and a past president of the Encino Lawyers Association. Since 2007, he has been named a Southern California “Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine. Mr. Daniels focuses his practice on serious personal injury, insurance and employment. For information, visit our website at www.daniels.legal or contact us through e-mail: Info@danielslaw.com.