The concussion rate for children and teens 10 to 19-years-old soared 71% from 2002 to 2015, according to a report this morning by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Girls are being encouraged to participate in sports and it shows: The concussion rate for girls and young women rose 118%; it was 48% for boys and young men. And school sports usually start off in the fall, another factor that seems to show in the data.
“For this age group [10 to 19], the fall is peak concussion season, during which time a dramatic spike in diagnoses occurs for males,” the report states. “Concussion diagnoses for young males in the fall are nearly double that of young females.”