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CONFRONTING SCHOOL SPORTS INJURIES: ALAN QUASHA OF THE BRAIN TRAUMA FOUNDATION

October 20, 2010

The beginning of the school year means different things to different families. Whether it is Little League baseball or the junior football league, thousands of boys and girls throughout the country participate in team sports at every age and grade level. In an era where fitness levels are going down and youth obesity is going up, that is good news.

The bad news is that, according to a September 23rd article in Education Week, the number of sports-related head injuries reported by young athletes is on the rise. The annual number of brain injuries suffered by people of all ages during sports ranges from 1.6 million to 3.8 million a year. Further studies on high school football players specifically range from 43,200 to 67,200 each year.

Numbers like these are the reason that the Brain Trauma Foundation (BTF), chaired by Alan Quasha, seeks to increase awareness of the causes, effects, and best ways to cope with concussions, which while accounting for 90% of all Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) issues, remain severely underreported and under-diagnosed. Learn more important information about concussions by visiting the BTF website.

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