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Table 1 Thumbnail NEW What are the risks of sustaining a concussion for Hawaii High School Athletes?
Often the question asked is “what is the risk of my son or daughter sustaining a concussion in sports?” Since 2010 HCAMP has been collecting concussion data to find out which sports has a higher risk of concussions. Read the rest of this article »

Table 1
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As expected, over the three year period (2010-13) Football had the most concussions with a over 900 reported. Second highest sport was girls soccer which reported 220 concussion. Boys wrestling (approximately 140), cheerleading (approximately 130), and girls basketball (approximately 100) rounded out the top five sports with the most concussions reported. The problem with these statistics are that it doesn’t take into account amount of athletes participating and the amount of athletic exposures from games and practices. When participation and exposure statistics are taken into account the concussion numbers are normalized by sport and from here risk may be predicted.

In Table 1, the data was normalized meaning the amount of concussions was adjusted according to the exposures or the amount of times athletes participate.. Exposure is defined as every time an athlete steps onto the venue of play for a practice and game it is counted as one exposure. It is similar to finding out what are the odds of an athlete sustaining a concussion every time they participate.

The data in Table 1 demonstrates that girls judo has the highest risk of concussions at 1.36 per 1000 exposures. Football is second at 1.14 per 1000 exposure. This can be interpreted as every 1000 times a female judo-ka participates she has a 1.36 chance of sustaining a concussion. For football, every 1000 practice/game a football player has a 1.14 chance of sustaining a concussion.

It is important to note also that concussion risk is not just a “football issue” or a “male issue”. Females have just as high a risk of getting a concussion as males, as demonstrated in Table 1. Hawaii is unique in that it’s the only State that has judo as an interscholastic sport and our female judo-ka’s have a higher risk of sustaining a concussion.

Table 1 demonstrates what the risk were during the 2010-13 athletic seasons, it is important to note that currently HCAMP and Hawaii high schools have focused on parent, studet athlete, and coaches education which may reduce the risk of concussion. Other factors such as rule changes such as intentional helmet to helmet contact in football, appropriate tackling techniques, and concussion management changes may also reduce the risk of concussion today. HCAMP is looking forward to looking at the upcoming data to investigate if the changes implemented have created a safer playing environment.

When should I report my concussion?
As a student-athlete, it is important that you immediately report your concussion to your coach or athletic trainer. Learn More

As a parent what should I expect?
At the time of injury, if your school employs a registered athletic trainer, he/she will give you specific instructions on what to do next. Learn More

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July 8 - 9, 2016
Concussion Summit and Sport Related Injury
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