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Concussions by the Numbers – Know the FACTS About Your Sport

Author: Rosemary Buckle, M.D.

A hard hit to the head may be more than just a bump or bruise. In some instances, hits to the head can result in concussion, a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in which the brain is suddenly jarred within the skull. This can cause chemical and/or cellular damage to the brain.

It’s estimated that 15% of high school students experienced one or more concussions in 2017, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention. Six percent of students experienced two or more concussions.

Concussions By the Numbers

Concussion can occur in any sport. Know your risk and discuss safety tactics with your coach to reduce the likelihood of concussion. Find your sport below to learn more about specific concussion risks. For additional information visit the CDC’s HEADS UP page.

    • Girls’ basketball: 1 out of 2 concussions results from a collision with another athlete.
    • Boys’ basketball: 2 out of 3 concussions result from a collision with another athlete.
    • Cheerleading: 91% of concussions happen during stunts. Know your limits, use spotters and practice on soft surfaces.
    • Field hockey: 60% of concussions result from being hit by a stick or ball. Never swing or check around another player’s head.
    • Football: The average high school football players has 592 head impacts per season. Rules that limit tackling and other contact can help reduce head impacts by 40%. 63% of high school football concussions are from tackling.
    • Girls’ ice hockey: 70% of high school concussions result from collision with another athlete.
    • Boys’ ice hockey: 65% of high school concussions result from collision with another athlete.
    • Lacrosse: 3 out of 4 concussions result from a collision with another athlete. Keep your head up and your stick in tight to your body.
    • Girls’ soccer: 1 in 2 concussions from heading in girls’ soccer occurs when players collide.
    • Boys’ soccer: 3 in 4 concussions from heading in boys’ soccer occur when players collide.
    • Volleyball: nearly 40% of concussions happen when diving for the ball.
    • Wrestling: 1 in 2 concussions in wrestling result from a takedown.

For more information, read, “All About Concussions: Important Information for Athletes.”

Schedule With Dr. Rosemary Buckle

For other Houston sports medicine needs, schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosemary Buckle at Houston Institute for Sports Medicine & Orthopedics by calling (713) 756-5546.

Please consult with your physician before undertaking any form of medical treatment or adopting any exercise program or dietary guidelines.