Transcript for New study finds increased risk of concussion in children
This morning, we have important data for parents about kids, sports and concussions. A new study looking at head injuries in kids between 9 and 14 who play football. ABC's chief medical correspondent Dr. Jen Ashton joins us now. Thank you for being with us this morning. Tell us about this study. Well, this was interesting, Eva. Because collaborators from brown university, wake forest, they really wanted to look at this age group, 9 to 14, in the sport of football and really find out what conditions led to concussion risk in this age group. They put sensors on helmets. They looked at about a hundred players. What they found is interesting. And reassuring for parents of young kids playing football. Number one, concussions were more likely in this age group with less impact or less force. Suggesting a little bit more vulnerability but, the good news is, overall the force of impact in this age group is much less than high school and college. Just because the sizes are less. The overall concussion risk less. When you think of football you think of boys. This is not just a boys' problem. Your daughter plays division I hockey. Ice hockey. We have to remember, when you talk about concussion this is not just a boys' issue, it's just not a football issue, and specifically in girls, there may be more susceptibility among girls in concussions. They may be less likely to report those symptoms. We have to look at specifically, gender-specific research when you talk about concussions. It's not one size fits all. What advice do you have for parents and coaches and athletes? The most important thing for parents, watch your kid. No one knows your kid's behavior on the field or the ice better than you do. Certified athletic trainer up to speed on this. You only have one brain, no matter how important that sport is or that game, you need to maintain that safety. When in doubt sit out Yeah, you only have one brain and you need it.
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