"One in five teens" have significant head injuries

A major new study paints an alarming picture of the incidence of head injuries in teenagers.

The research – conducted in Canada – found that one in five teens had suffered a blow to the brain serious enough to leave them unconscious for at least five minutes, or that required an overnight stay in hospital. Previous studies have tended to focus only on hospital cases. But this survey, which questioned 9,000 young people in Ontario, has raised serious concerns because of the number of ‘self-reported’ concussions. One of the study’s authors has warned that the safety of school sports in Canada must be given greater attention. He said multiple blows to the head can result in serious, life-long difficulties. Read the full story here.
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