Concussion Diagnoses Among Youths Nearly Doubled from 2010 to 2015 (Education Week):
“Concussion diagnoses increased by 71 percent from 2010 through 2015 among children between the ages of 10 and 19, according to a new report from Blue Cross Blue Shield based on medical-claims data.
Over that six-year span, nearly 940,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield members of all ages were diagnosed with concussions, the report found, with the steepest increase in diagnoses coming among those between 10 and 19 years old. In 2009, 8.9 children in that age range were diagnosed with concussions per 1,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield members; by 2015, that number had jumped up to 15.2. The greatest increase came between 2010 and 2013, which happens to coincide with when a number of states were passing youth-concussion legislation for the first time.”
Study: THE STEEP RISE IN CONCUSSION DIAGNOSES IN THE U.S. (opens PDF)
- From the Executive Summary: Expansive news media coverage of football-related concussions and state legislation aimed at preventing participants of youth sports from “shaking off” signs of head injuries have coincided with a spike in the number of concussion diagnoses, according to Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies’ medical claims data. Concussion diagnoses increased 43 percent from 2010 through 2015 in the U.S. Additionally, concussion diagnoses spiked 71 percent for patients ages 10 through 19 during the same time span…Finally, BCBS data in 2015 show that patients ages 10 through 19 in some states have nearly a three times higher rate of concussions diagnosed than in other states. The intent of this report is to document concussion diagnosis rates and increase awareness that could help inform policy and concussion treatment practices for school districts and medical professionals.