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July 2012

Concussion: Time to Start Paying Attention

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: The Child Health Institute and Departments of Pediatrics and Epidemiology, University of Washington, Seattle Children's Hospital, Washington.

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012;166(7):666-667. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2011.1602

Over the last couple of years, there have been numerous stories in the lay press about sports-related concussions. Most, but certainly not all, have focused on professional athletes in the National Football League and the National Hockey League, the increased prevalence of early dementia in this group, the tragic suicides related to this loss of function, and the appearance of chronic traumatic encephalopathy in their brains at autopsy. There has also been a host of lay press coverage on concussive injuries occurring in high school athletes and the consequences to them and their lives as a result of these injuries.