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Health Update: Did Concussion Rate Really Double Among Student Athletes?

New research has discovered that the rate of concussions among American high school athletes has doubled between 2005 and 2012 but the rise is most likely related to increased awareness and legislation governing concussions.  Lead researcher Dr. Joseph Rosenthal explains, “The bottom line is that rates have gone up… We don’t know the exact reason. This was an observational study, so I can’t say for sure, but I believe what is explaining the increase is the increased awareness, not that sports are more dangerous. It’s just that the concussions are being recognized more, which is good news.”

~The American Journal of Sports Medicine, April 2014