NEW YORK, July 11, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Concussion diagnoses in children and young adults under age 22 rose 500 percent from 2010 to 2014, according to data detailed in this infographic from FAIR Health, a national, independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing transparency to healthcare costs and health insurance information. Among other findings:
- September and October are the months with the highest incidence of concussions for individuals under age 22—months that correlate with the start of the football season.
- The high school years show greater concussion rates than the middle school or college years.
- Although boys generally have more concussions than girls, the largest disparity in youth concussions between the genders occurs from ages 5 to 10.
- In Pennsylvania and Connecticut, where certain girls' sports (e.g., field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse and soccer) are popular, girls have nearly as many or more concussions than boys.
To view FAIR Health President Robin Gelburd's blog on this topic: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/youth-concussions-a-matter-of-national-concern-500_us_577f9486e4b0f06648f491ce?nr0cvf3qrlsj1yvi
About FAIR Health
FAIR Health is a national, independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing transparency to healthcare costs and health insurance information through data products, consumer resources and health systems research support. FAIR Health uses its database of billions of privately billed medical and dental claims to power an award-winning free consumer website and to create data products serving all healthcare stakeholders, including government officials, researchers, consumers, providers, insurers and other businesses. FAIR Health has been certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as a Qualified Entity, eligible to receive all Medicare claims data for use in nationwide transparency efforts. In addition, FAIR Health's data have been designated as the official data source for a variety of state health programs, including workers' compensation and Personal Injury Protection (PIP) programs, as well as state consumer protection laws governing surprise out-of-network bills and emergency services. For more information, visit www.fairhealth.org. Follow us on Twitter @FAIRHealth.
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SOURCE FAIR Health