Concussion awareness is a hot-button issue in the field of athletics. Youth sports are a common source of concern for parents. The danger of concussions is an issue frequently raised in connection with football, soccer and other contact sports. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention demonstrates that parents should also be aware of the potential for brain injuries on the playground. According to researchers, the number of serious head injuries suffered on playgrounds has risen sharply in recent years.
In 2001, 18,000 children ages 14 and under were treated in hospital emergency rooms for playground-related head injuries. By 2013, the number had risen to more than 29,000. Many of the injuries occurred on school playground and recreational sports facilities. The numbers clearly show that youth sports are not the only culprit in exposing kids to traumatic brain injuries.