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Concussions are not a unique problem to professional sports anddebilitating concussions have become a dominant topic in sports About144000 people aged 18 and younger are treated every year in UShospital emergency rooms for concussions according to a December 2010analysis in the Journal of Pediatrics Nearly a third of these injuriesoccur while kids are playing organized sports Forty percent ofpediatric concussions seen in emergency rooms involve high schoolstudents The figure is slightly higher 42 percent for youngerchildren Overall concussions are most common in football and icehockey followed by soccer wrestling and other sports and slightlymore boys than girls suffer concussions Concussions in athletes is ahuge problem in many sports today specifically football Recently thenumbers of athletes diagnosed with concussions have increaseddramatically That increase could be the direct result of more awarenessregarding what a concussion is and the symptoms of one A concussion canbe defined as a minor traumatic brain injury that may occur when thehead hits an object or a moving object strikes head an injury that canchange a persons behavior thinking or physical functions Concussionsare a huge problem at every level of sports from elementary to pro butchild concussions have a bigger impact on the body It is estimated thatlast year out of the 17 million diagnosed concussions 30 of them werechildren with a sports related concussion This huge statistic onlyaccounts for the reported concussions yearly As many children whosuffer a concussion the problem still goes unnoticed This fact could beattributed to the lack of education that coaches players and athleteshave about symptoms of concussion as well as the type equipment usedduring sporting events Despite the number of concussions there still isno system implemented to reduce the numbers Concussion technology inchildren is far behind the technology that has already been conductedfor collegiate and pro athletes Concussions in children provide moredanger to their brains as they are still developing and it couldultimately impede their development process It is essential that bettertechnology and equipment is used to
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