The number of emergency department (ED) visits for sports-related
traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) has risen over the past ten years, but
the percentage of admissions has remained unchanged at about 10%,
reports a new study. The study also reported a welcome trend towards admitting children with less severe TBI, which experts say may reflect a more cautious approach to management of brain injuries involving greater emphasis on in-patient observation to watch for signs of a serious brain injury, less routine use of CT and MRI scans, and less reliance on parents to observe their children for such signs at home in borderline cases.