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Why are adolescents more prone to concussions?

Richard Ricciardi
Advanced Practice Nursing
Great question. The developing brain of an adolescent puts the adolescent at greater risk for increased brain injury from head trauma. In addition, we are learning that the effect is cumulative, and that with each successive head trauma, there is an increased risk of brain injury. 
Children and adolescents who play organized team sports have an increasing risk for concussion, with emergency room visits for concussions between 1997 and 2007 doubling for those aged 8-14 years and increasing even more for those aged 14-19.

Athletes who have received a concussion are three times more likely to suffer another concussion. According to Christopher Giza, MD, a pediatric neurologist at UCLA, subsequent concussions are likely to be longer lasting and more severe. Young athletes -- who include a wide range of abilities and talents -- may be more vulnerable to concussion than professional or college athletes.

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