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131001kidsinjurypost1Concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that is increasingly common in kids. Consider the following statistics from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention:

• Each year, U.S. emergency departments (EDs) treat an estimated 173,285 sports- and recreation-related TBIs, including concussions, among children and adolescents from birth to 19 years.
• During the last decade, ED visits for sports- and recreation-related TBIs, including concussions, among children and adolescents increased by 60 percent.
• Overall, the activities associated with the greatest number of TBI-related ED visits included bicycling, football, playground activities, basketball and soccer.

The physicians at Eugene Pediatric Associates are leading a citywide concussion initiative with the assistance of nationally recognized concussion expert Dr. Michael Koester at the Slocum Orthopedic Institute.

Dr. Koester and your doctors at EPA are hosting a symposium this November for pediatricians, emergency room physicians, family physicians, school trainers and administrators, psychologists, physical therapists and others professionals who interact with concussed students.

The goal is to create a community-wide standard of care for our kids when they suffer a concussion. Watch here for more information on concussions and our effort to help kids in our community play and be well.