Children with a previous concussion have four times the risk of sustaining a concussion as those children with no previous concussion history, according to a new study.
In the study, “What is the risk of recurrent concussion in children and adolescents aged 5-18 years? A systematic review and meta-analysis” published online June 1, 2021, in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the researchers sought to better understand concussion risk in children.
Proper identification of concussion in youth sports is still a challenge. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 7 in 10 young athletes with a possible concussion continue to play. And 4 out of the 10 report that their coaches were unaware they had a possible concussion.