A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the rate of concussion in young athletes has jumped since the 1990s.
The study, published in the journal Concussion, found that nearly a quarter of the 1,600 youth who participated in a recent concussion study were concussed in the last two years.
Of those concussed, 43% of them had a history of head trauma.
Of those, 29% had a concussion of the head or neck, and 9% had head trauma to the skull or neck.
The other 14% had injuries to the brain or spinal cord, which is more common.
“We found that athletes with concussion had higher rates of both traumatic brain injury and traumatic brain disease, which may explain the increase in the incidence of these conditions in youth,” said Dr. Jennifer Koester, who conducted the study.
The CDC is not the only health authority to note that more young people are having concussions, and the trend is becoming more pronounced in the sport.
In March, ESPN reported that young athletes were getting concussions at a rate two times higher than they did in the 1980s.
There are a number of ways in which concussions can be prevented.
The National Institutes of Health says that young people should be encouraged to get physical training, which can help protect them against injuries.
The National Hockey League has made concussion prevention a priority.
The NHL also has a concussion program for high school athletes.
If you or someone you know is experiencing a concussion, please contact the National Concussion Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.