Sports-related concussion affects athletes of all ages, yet the youngest athletes tend to be more vulnerable. Children aged 18 years and younger can be affected longer and take more time to return to cognitive baseline. Therefore, children should be managed differently than adults when returning back to sports after a concussion. The age and gender of a young athlete also should be taken into consideration when returning to athletics. This chapter discusses the epidemiology of sports-related concussion in the pediatric athlete, along with age and gender differences and sports at risk.
KeywordsYoung Athlete National Collegiate Athletic Association Injury Surveillance System Youth Sport Concussion Injury
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