Over the past few years, concussions have become a hot topic in the realm of athletics and sports medicine. New protocols are being developed across the country to help make athletics safer in contact sports and provide quicker, more effective medical care post-concussion. But what are some of the statistics that have caused parents, players and clinicians to pay more attention to concussion management?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention released some eye-opening data revealing the reach of concussion trauma:

  • 6 million to 3.8 million concussions occur each year
  • 5-10% of athletes will experience a concussion in any given sport season
  • Fewer than 10% of sport related concussions involve a Loss of Consciousness
  • Football is the most common sport with concussion risk for males (75%)
  • Soccer is the most common sport with concussion risk for females (50%)
  • 78% of concussions occur during games (as opposed to practices)
  • Some studies suggest that females are twice as likely to sustain a concussion as males
  • Headache (85%) and Dizziness (70-80%) are most commonly reported symptoms immediately following concussions for injured athletes
  • Estimated 47% of athletes do not report feeling any symptoms after a concussive blow

For almost 30 years, Dr. Greg Stewart has been at the forefront of concussion research and management at Tulane University. Watch as he discusses his research and experiences with concussions today.

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