Get the picture: Concussion Rates for High School Athletes

A picture can be worth a thousand words, right? We think so too, especially when it comes to this interesting graphic from the National Academy of Science on the breakdown of concussion rates in high school athletes by sports.

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Though we just found this infographic recently, it was developed in concert with a study published in October 2013 that found young athletes in the U.S. face a “culture of resistance” to reporting when they might have a concussion and to complying with treatment plans. As noted in this new report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council, that behavior could endanger their well-being. Overall, reported concussions rates are more frequent among high school athletes than college athletes in some sports — including football, men’s lacrosse and soccer, and baseball; higher for competition than practice (except for cheerleading); and highest in football, ice hockey, lacrosse, wrestling, soccer, and women’s basketball.  Concussion rates also appear higher for youths with a history of prior concussions and among female athletes.


What do you think about this graphic? While football injuries tend to get the most attention, were you surprised to see youth concussion rates in other kinds of sports?


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