Affects of Concussions Among Teens

Why is the Number of Concussions Increasing?

New guidelines for sports concussions
Teenagers are more vulnerable to sports concussions because their brains are still developing
Teens who participate in sports have a higher risk of getting a concussion and experiencing long term effects of it.

The Teenage Brain

- The brain of a teenager is still developing so teens are more vulnerable to getting concussions, than adults would be


- Teenagers take longer to recover from concussions/ head injuries than adults


- Concussions among teens have risen 16% every year


- Teenagers have weak necks and disproportionately large/heavy heads so the impact is more severe



The rate of concussions in sports is very high, especially in high contact sports

Long Term Affects

-If an athlete experiences too many concussions their mental capacity can go down


-10% of concussions can overtake teens for months/years


-Repetitive concussions can have serious repercussions: Can lead to permanent brain damage or death


-Even a minor concussions can lead to long term damage


-Learning disorders/deficits can occur with multiple concussions



In high contact sports, researchers are trying to figure out if certain positions trigger concussions. In this study they found that defensive backs are more likely to get/suffer concussions

Research- What has been found and what is being studied

-High contact sports like football, boxing and hockey have higher risk of concussions


-Healthy teens usually resume normal activity within a few weeks


-Girls suffer at a higher risk than boys in similar sports, example would be soccer


-There are about 3.8 million sports related concussions per year in the U.S., among teens the number has risen 60% over the last decade


-50,000 people die, 80,000 become permanently disabled because of concussions/brain injuries

-Concussions occur more frequently than Breast Cancer and AIDS


-Brain injuries/concussions are the most frequent cause of death among children and teens


The rates of concussions in sports are high. Football comes in at the highest, but a shocker to many, girls soccer is the second highest. Concussions are very serious and researchers are trying to get across to people that they are a serious problem
Concussions are a very serious issue in teens. Their brains are still developing therefore causing them to be more vulnerable to concussions. Research has shown that concussions can cause damage to teens lives. They can cause long term affects and issues. It has even been proven that they can have a higher risk of getting diseases or illnesses. So what we should really be doing is looking into how we can prevent concussions and brain injuries in teenagers. We want to make sure athletes are safe, while playing the sport they love, so how can we ensure that?