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Health Journalism 2011: From pee wee to pro: Head injuries in sports

Matt Grady, M.D., a pediatric sports medicine specialist at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, Jack Jallo, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Division of Neurotrauma and Critical Care at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, and Margot Putukian, M.D., team physician and director of athletic medicine at Princeton University, explained the symptoms, diagnosis and recovery from concussion.

Concussions are a concern for all age groups, the experts said. But children, either at play or in organized sports, are at high risk. Grady said that emergency room data showed that 65 percent of concussions occurred in people younger than 18, and most happened in the 11- to 14-year-old age group.  

Considering the data, it seemed surprising to many in the audience that concussions have not been extensively studied among pediatric patients.

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