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Soccer-related head injuries in young athletes (ages 7-17 years) increased 1600% in the past 25 years, according to a study just published by the American Academy of Pediatrics epidemic. Although concussions and CHI (closed-head injuries) are only 7% of all soccer injuries, these young patients were twice as likely to be hospitalized. The reported increase is not accounted for by the growing numbers of young people participating in the the sport.

HBOT is the only method of immediately counteracting the cascade of potential neurovascular and metabolic damage that follows a concussion, and supporting return to neurocognitive health. Lasting damage can be done while simply watching and waiting.

“Young athletes take longer to recover from concussions than older athletes and they can put themselves at risk for second-impact syndrome and repeat concussions if they return to play too soon – both of which can lead to serious, life-altering injuries” says Tracy Mehan, MA, manager of translational research at the Center for Injury Research and Policy where the study was conducted.  

Link to the article at the research institution:

http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/news-room-articles/new-study-finds-rate-of-injuries-among-youth-soccer-players-doubled-rate-of-head-injuries-increased-1600?contentid=157056

Link to the actual publication: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2016/09/08/peds.2016-0346

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